Arsenal-linked Carlo Ancelotti offered Italy job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 24 April 2018, 09:14

One of the main contenders in the running to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, Carlo Ancelotti, has been offered the position as head coach of the Italian national team.

The Italian was installed as one of the favourites in the next Arsenal manager market following last week’s announcement that Wenger and the Gunners will be parting ways after 22-years.

However, Ancelotti is now pondering over a reported two-year offer from Azzurri chiefs, and if he accepts the terms, he’ll venture into the international arena for the first time in his managerial career.

Italy have been on the hunt for a new manager since sacking Gian Piero Ventura back in November following the country’s failure to progress through to the 2018 World Cup after a surprise play-off defeat to Sweden.

It was only the second time in the club’s history that Italy had failed to reach the showcase spectacle.

Italy’s under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio was then placed in temporary charge of the senior squad for two friendlies against Argentina (2-0 defeat) and England (1-1 draw).

Roberto Mancini had been the odds-on favourite in the Next Italy Manager Market, while Antonio Conte, Max Allegri and Maurizio Sarri had all been linked with the job, however it’s Ancelotti who has been identified as their No.1 target.

The 58-year-old, who has been out of work since leaving Bayern Munich in September, is widely regarded as one of the best club managers in history.

No boss has won more European Cups (three), while he’s lifted league titles and domestic cups in Italy, England and Germany.

He also ended PSG’s long-awaited 19-year search for a third top-flight title, and let’s not forget he led Real Madrid to ‘La Decima’ - 10th European Cup - after a 4-1 extra-time win over rivals Atletico Madrid.

It will now be interesting to see what decision Ancelotti makes, but if Arsenal want to prize the Italian over to the Emirates they are going to have to act fast.

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