Ancelotti odds and Mancini bets among next Italy manager tips
FootyOn give next Italy manager tips after the Azzurri fail to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, with Carlo Ancelotti odds and Roberto Mancini bets at the head of the betting.
It is strange to think four-time World Cup winners Italy won’t be at next summer’s finals in Russia.
The international careers of modern era Azzurri greats Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi and others ending prematurely is sad.
Italy lost out to Sweden – minus all-time top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic remember – in the play-offs.
Having failed to get his country to the World Cup, Gian Piero Ventura was sacked just over three months after signing a contract extension.
Some high-profile Italian coaches are being linked with the Azzurri job, so how do they bet?
Read on as we reveal our next Italy manager tips…
Carlo Ancelotti odds make him firm favourite
While he remains out of work, former Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, PSG, Chelsea and AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti won’t lack for suitors.
He has managed the top club sides in Europe, so could he now answer his country’s call?
A three-time Champions League winner, Ancelotti has by far the most decorated CV of the market principals.
With league titles in four different countries, he is the outstanding candidate.
Can the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) persuade him to take the Azzurri on?
Ancelotti odds head BetVictor‘s betting at 5/4.
Roberto Mancini bets an alternative
Ex-Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has Zenit St Petersburg in the hunt for the Russian Premier League title.
Having only just joined them in the summer, however, the FIGC would have to pay Zenit compensation.
During his Premier League and FA Cup winning tenure at the Etihad (2009-13), Mancini earned a reputation as an aloof coach behind the scenes.
He has managed one major trophy since when in charge of Turkish giants Galatasaray.
An international return for maverick talent and Nice striker Mario Balotelli could be a gamble under Mancini after they worked together at Inter Milan and Man City.
Mancini bets are behind Ancelotti in the market at a best-price 6/1.
Luigi Di Biagio ready for senior role?
Amid the international retirements, there has been lots of talk of bringing a new generation of Italian footballers through.
Luigi Di Biagio has spent the last four years nurturing the Azzurri talents of tomorrow as Under-21 coach.
He took a side containing full Italy internationals Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is heir apparent to Buffon; Daniele Rugani, learning the dark arts of defending from Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Cheilini at Juventus; midfield duo Lorenzo Pellegrini and Robert Gagliardini, who both made moves to bigger clubs this summer; and wide talent Federico Bernardeschi to the semi-finals of the European Championship.
Di Biagio has also given previous youth tournament experience to Alessio Romagnoli – another highly regarded defensive prospect – and coveted Torino striker Andrea Belotti.
In short, Di Biagio has a core of players he knows well that look like forming Italy’s side for years to come.
Why not give him the senior Azzurri gig? Di Biagio is as short as 4/1 in places, but a top-price 7/1 with Paddy Power.
Antonio Conte return unlikely
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has already been Italy manager before, so why go back?
Well, it all rather depends on if he becomes a victim of Blues owner Roman Abramovich hire and fire approach to running the club.
Other Italians – Nantes boss Claudio Ranieri (14/1 for the Azzurri job), Roberto Di Matteo and Ancelotti – can attest to the ruthless nature behind the scenes at Stamford Bridge.
A desire to “return to the cut and thrust of club football” was why Conte left the Azzurri after two years in charge last summer, so a second spell doesn’t seem likely despite him being the FIGC president’s preferred candidate.
Italy will be devoid of the Juventus defensive bedrock of Buffon, Barzagli and Chiellini which Conte relied on so heavily first for club and then country going forward.
BetVictor are thus as big as 10/1 about Conte coming back to the Azzurri.
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