Antonio Conte’s replacement on the Azzurri bench is likely to be announced by June 7th, right before the European Championships.
While attending the presentation of the new FIAT Panda Azzurri at Coverciano, the Director General of the FIGC, Michele Uva, spoke to the media about selection of the new Azzurri CT:
There is a still a long period of training before the EURO and we are all focused on the quality of work, and to make available to Conte the highest amount of quality at an organizational level. For the new CT, June 7th is where there will be the Federal Council will meet and announcement of the new manager. We must think about the quality of the person and the ability to integrate with the new Federal Technical Project.
I have heard in the last few days that the Federation has destroyed part of the Italian team, however the Federation has made large investments in the Azzurri and it was the only sector that has had more investments poured into it in respect to the past, even with the birth of the Under-17 5-a-side National Team. Conte has focused on the quality of the group and on their ability to achieve results. The first time I spoke as Director General, I made it clear that all members need to feel a part of the group and Conte has done this.
Uva was then asked about the players’ opinions on the choice of the new CT:
The decision taken by President Tavecchio was done in full autonomy but yesterday, I was pleased that he asked us and asked me, our opinion.
He then gave his views on the scandals such as match-fixing that have been a reoccurring theme in Serie B:
There is great bitterness for what has happened. We know that we are in an industrial system among the top ten industrial sectors and therefore, we are highly exposed to the underworld but no one wants to lower their guard and the new rules are heading in the direction to combat these issues. We are in contact with the Interior Ministry and with the French security but we cannot speak about it in public.