Conte to snub Italy

Daily Star - - Sports - by PAUL BROWN

AN­TO­NIO CONTE is ex­pected to snub the chance to re­place Gi­ampiero Ven­tura as Italy boss af­ter their World Cup dis­as­ter. Ven­tura will be axed today hav­ing failed to get his na­tion to the fi­nals for the first time since 1958 – and Conte is among the favourites to take over. Some Italy fans are al­ready cam­paign­ing for the Chelsea boss to re­turn to the role he made such a suc­cess of at Euro 2016.

But it is un­der­stood Conte is not in­ter­ested, and Chelsea are re­laxed

about re­ports link­ing him with the job be­cause he is set to see out his con­tract.

The Ital­ian’s testy re­la­tion­ship with the Blues board has led to plenty of spec­u­la­tion he could quit, but his cur­rent deal does not ex­pire un­til 2019.

He has also just moved his fam­ily to join him in London, where his daugh­ter goes to school, and has no plans to up­root them any time soon.

Conte was quoted as say­ing he fan­cied a re­turn to Italy only last month, but quickly clar­i­fied those com­ments by in­sist­ing he meant some time in the dis­tant fu­ture.

The 48-year-old also quit his job as na­tional team man­ager to join Chelsea as he missed the cut and thrust of club foot­ball and has no plans to re­turn to the in­ter­na­tional scene.

Fate

In­stead for­mer Blues boss Carlo An­celotti, who is out of work af­ter be­ing sacked by Bay­ern Mu­nich, is the lead­ing can­di­date.

Ven­tura has been widely crit­i­cised and re­ports emerged he threat­ened to re­sign af­ter a row with the play­ers when they lost the first leg of their play-off to Swe­den.

Daniele De Rossi was then caught on cam­era dur­ing Mon­day’s 0-0 draw in the sec­ond leg an­grily quizzing the coach’s de­ci­sions.

When asked to warm up, the mid­fielder pointed to striker Lorenzo In­signe in­stead and shouted: “Why the **** should I go on? We don’t need to draw, we need to win!”

Ven­tura’s fate is to be de­cided at an Ital­ian FA board meet­ing today.

STAY­ING PUT: An­to­nio Conte

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