Italy sack manager Gian Piero Ventura after failure to qualify for World Cup

Italy have sacked manager Gian Piero Ventura after failing to reach the World Cup.

The Azzurri lost 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden in their play-off for next summer’s tournament – meaning they will be absent from the competition for the first time since 1958.

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Venturo only signed a two-year contract extension until 2020 in August but the result against Sweden has forced the Italian football federation into action.

The former Torino boss refused to resign in the immediate aftermath of Monday’s result but has been relieved of his duties after a meeting in Rome today.

“As the first point of order of the day, [FIGC President Carlo] Tavecchio communicated the choice on the guidance of the Azzurri and, as of today, Giampiero Ventura is no longer the Commissario Tecnico of the national team,” a Press release confirmed.

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