Tuesday 18 September 2018

Italy national team set to appoint their new boss and it will not be Antonio Conte

Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been strongly linked with a return to take over as Italian national team manager this summer, but the role looks set to be taken up by former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti.

Widespread report in Italy suggest Ancelotti is about to be confirmed as Azzurri head coach, in a move that will end speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal or a return to Chelsea this summer.

Ancleotti is reported to have been offered a two-year contract to lead Italy through to Euro 2020, despite strong rumours that Conte had already tentatively agreed a deal to take the post.

Three-time Champions League winning coach Ancelotti has been out of work since being sacked by Bayern Munich last September and has hinted he would relish a return to England's top division, after he led Chelsea to a Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010.

Yet it appears that a step into international management will be Ancelotti's next step, as he looks to revive an Italian national team that failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup finals in Russia.

Ancelotti's appointment would leave Conte's future uncertain, with the Italian who lead Chelsea to the Premier League title last season expected to leave his post at the end of this season.

Chelsea are believed to be reluctant to sack Conte as that would result in a large pay-off for the coach who signed an improved contract last summer, with the reported £10m pay-off not paid if he leaves the Stamford Bridge club of his own accord.

Conte was also linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, but that position is set to be taken up by German tactician Thomas Tuchel, with a return to Italy's Serie A now looking like the most likely option open to the Chelsea boss.

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