Future of Italy coach Ventura to be decided in next 24 hours
Giampiero Ventura is set to learn his fate as Italy boss in the next 24 hours after the Azzurri failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio has called a meeting to discuss the country's failure to qualify for next year's tournament in Russia. In quotes reported on figc.it, Tavecchio said: "We are deeply bitter and disappointed for the failure to qualify for the World Cup, it's a sports failure that needs a shared solution and for this reason I called a meeting with all the federal components to conduct a thorough analysis and decide on future choices."
Ventura, 69, who is under contract till 2020, apologised after the match, but stopped short of resigning. "At this moment I can only apologise to the Italians, not for the will or effort but for the result which as I know is the main thing. I arrived late (for the press conference) because I wanted to say goodbye to the players one by one. Have I resigned? No, because I haven't even spoken with the (Italian Football Federation) president. There's an infinite number of things to evaluate, I'll speak with the federation and evaluate."