Italy's coach Gian Piero Ventura sacked following World Cup failure

Antonio Conte was quite disappointed with Italy’s performance in the FIFA World Cup 2018 play-offs

Antonio Conte was quite disappointed with Italy’s performance in the FIFA World Cup 2018 play-offs

Berlusconi was then asked about the future of the President of the Italian FA, Carlo Tavecchio saying that: "At the very least he should have left, I would have preferred if he had resigned".

Italy could have a new head coach as early as Monday after Gian Piero Ventura's reign ended on Wednesday, following his failure to take the four-time champions to next year's World Cup Finals in Russian Federation. An FIGC source, however, told Reuters that the 69-year-old had been fired.

However, Italy took one point out of a possible six against group winners Spain in qualifying and also drew at home to Macedonia.

"At the meeting convened by FIGC Carlo Tavecchio, chairman of the federal members Gravina, Nicchi, Sibilia, Tommasi and Ulivieri, a confrontation was started following the failure of the National team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup", the statement said.

The FIGC said it will consider "important names" to replace Ventura and former Italy worldwide Ravanelli insisted the country must turn to Chelsea's Conte, who left the role previous year having reached the Euro 2016 quarter-finals. Euro 2020 qualifications begin in March of 2019.

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Ventura has never won a major title or coached top-tier teams such as AC Milan, Inter Milan or Juventus.

Italy finished second in their European qualifying group behind Spain, forcing them into a playoff against Sweden for a place in Russian Federation.

Venture posted 10 wins, four ties and three losses in 17 games at Italy's coach.

And on Italy missing the World Cup, he added: "This is not a great moment for my country to miss the World Cup, it means it is a disaster for us".

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