The FIGC are giving serious consideration to appointing Antonio Conte or Luciano Spalleti following Roberto Mancini’s resignation. The news of Mancini’s decision to leave the Azzurri came as a shock to the Italian media, but they are already suggesting the possible succession plan that Italian footballs governing body may have in place.
La Gazzetta dello Sport, and others suggest that Luciano Spalletti and Antonio Conte are the frontrunners to take over the managerial reigns. Spalletti is reportedly the first choice, but he FIGC are reluctant to pay the €3m penalty that would release him from his Napoli contract, despite him no longer working for the club.
Conte was previously in charge of the Azzurri for two years between 2014 and 2016 before returning to club management to take charge of Chelsea. The 54-year-old recently managed Tottenham Hotspur, but was fired from the role and is currently without a post.
The FIGC will need to make an appointment soon as Italy’s EURO 2024 qualification campaign is well under way and the next batch of matches is due to take place in September.