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Carlo Ancelotti should take Italy job

David Nugent in Editorial, General Soccer News 24 Apr 2018

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According to Sky Sports, former Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has been offered the chance to manage Italy. The 58-year-old has reportedly been offered a two-year deal to become Gian Piero Ventura’s replacement in the high-profile role.

Ancelotti’s last position was as Bayern Munich boss. However, the German giants sacked the experienced boss in October of last year after a 3-0 defeat against PSG in the Champions League.

Also linked with the vacant Arsenal job

The former Chelsea boss is currently one of the favourites at 6/1 to be the next Arsenal boss. No doubt Ancelotti has the experience and the managerial experience in the English top-flight with Chelsea to be successful in the role.

However, maybe his style of play and profile is not currently what the Gunners are looking for. Ancelotti does like his team to play attacking football, but he is not exactly renowned for his teams retaining possession, something that the north London side have been synomonous with in the past.

Arsenal fans and the club hierarchy seem to want a younger, more exciting coach to lead their team after two decades of Arsene Wenger at the helm. Ancelotti is not young, but he is a serial winner.

He is also a good tactician and a good man manager, which are attributes that would be invaluable at Arsenal, where standards have slipped under Wenger in recent years.

Has achieved everything he can in the club game

Carlo Ancelotti has achieved everything he can in the club management. The 58-year-old has won league titles in Italy, Germany, France and England, while also winning the Champions League three times with two different clubs, AC Milan (twice) and Real Madrid.

Those are just some of the trophies that Ancelotti has picked up during his 25-year managerial career. There is not much left to win in the club game. Maybe a return to England with a club like Arsenal may prove tempting, as he may feel he has unfinished business in the English top-flight from his Chelsea days.

However, beyond that, it seems that club football has very little left to challenge the experienced former AC Milan boss.

Italy needs a top coach right now

Italy’s failure to qualify for this summer’s World Cup was a massive shock. The Azzurri have featured in every World Cup since 1958. It will be very strange not to see the Italians at this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

The Italian Football Federation sacked boss Gian Piero Ventura after the Azzurri failed to beat Sweden in a World Cup play-off. In truth, Ventura always seemed to be the wrong choice as boss.

The veteran boss had enjoyed a nomadic managerial career. He was also never wildly successful in any of his club jobs. In the last 25 years, a number of top Italian bosses had managed the Azzurri, such as Marcello Lippi, Giovanni Trapattoni, Arrigo Sacchi and more recently Antonio Conte.

These were bosses with a history of winning big club competitions at home and abroad. Ventura was simply not in the same league. However, Ancelotti is a manager with a pedigree befitting of an Italy boss.

In fact, trophy wise Ancelotti is one of the most successful bosses of the modern game. With the Italian national team at a low ebb, the appointment of a boss like Ancelotti would give everybody connected with the Azzurri a lift.

This seems like destiny. Ancelotti needs a new challenge and his national team needs uplifting, this could be a match made in heaven. The Azzurri deserves a top quality boss and they may just be about to appoint one.

Should Carlo Ancelotti be the next boss of the Italian national team?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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“Ancelotti is a winner but is not young, but he is a serial winner.”

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