Following the Euro Cup this summer, Antonio Conte will resign as manager of the Azzurri. This past March, Italian football federation President Carlo Tavecchio announced Conte’s departure following the expiration of his contract as Italy boss. Conte stressed his eagerness to return to every-day football which is certainly not the case as the manager of a national team. As a result, Conte will take on a new challenge as Chelsea boss next season. Since this announcement, rumors have inevitably spread over Conte’s successor.
According to various sources, current Torino manager Giampiero Ventura will be appointed as boss of the Azzurri as Siniša Mihajlović has been heavily linked to take over Ventura’s managerial position in Turin. The 68 year-old certainly has the credentials as he’s managed seventeen different Italian teams in Italy.
Ventura signed a one-year contract with “Il Toro” in June of 2011 when they were in Serie B. Following a successful season, Ventura lead The Bulls to promotion and they’ve remained in the Serie A since. The Turin manager’s current contract expires in 2018. This season Torino finished in 12th place.
Why Ventura? The answers seems to be the similarity in philosophies between him and Conte. Ventura was Conte’s successor as Bari manager in 2009. So, if history is any indication, the current Torino boss will pick up where Conte left off for the second time. Both Ventura and Conte utilize a 3-5-2 flat formation, a favorite amongst Italians. Why do the similarities between the two matter? Why would President Tavecchio seek someone with similar philosophies to Conte? Consistency.
This move would make sense for the Azzurri. After experiencing plenty of change in the passed few years, bringing in a manager with similar philosophies to those of a successful manager like Conte will promote the consistency Italy have longed for. With an influx of young players amongst few veterans, Italy need to focus on creating on-field chemistry being that, as a whole, Nazionale’s players have little experience playing together. Otherwise, the national team will waste precious time attempting to reform for a second time following Prandelli’s resignation in 2014.
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