Sub-Commissioner of the FIGC Alessandro Costacurta wants Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to return to the National Team.
As a result of Italy failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Gian Piero Ventura was fired as the manager of the Azzurri and Alessandro Costacurta has been tasked with finding a replacement for the long-term of the National Team.
Under 21 Manager Luigi Di Biagio is the Caretaker for Italy’s upcoming friendlies next month against Argentina and England, but it remains to be seen whether he will remain for the Azzurri’s for the June friendlies against France and the Netherlands.
The candidates for the Italy job, besides Antonio Conte, are: Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Mancini and Claudio Ranieri, but the Milan legend Costacurta revealed that he wants the Chelsea boss to return to the National Team in an interview with Gazetta dello Sport.
“I’ll definitely hear from him in a couple of months. I have not chosen yet, but I think that the one who could do best is Conte. Conte has already shown that he can be CT, we saw that at the European Championships. That’s not the case for the others but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be comfortable with Mancini, or with Ancelotti, but he seems to have taken himself out of it. It’s the same for Ranieri who had a difficult time with Greece, but then came out of it stronger and went to Leicester.”
Costacurta was asked whether any of the current managers in Serie A would be up for consideration and also praised his former teammate Gennaro Gattuso for the stellar job he is doing with Milan.
“I’m looking for a Coach, not a selector. That means I wouldn’t overlook Coaches in the league, Gasperini and Giampaolo would do well. I’ll tell you right away that I won’t contact Gattuso. It would be a little too early.
I’m sure he’ll be CT in a few years because he has everything, character, grit. I really like him, but choosing him now would be bad for him. He’s proven himself to have quality and a way of working, but I’m looking for a Coach who has developed more knowledge and has more experience on high-level benches.”