Ancelotti favourite to take over as Italy manager

Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti is favourite to take over as manager of the Italian national team following the nations disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign.

Carlo Ancelotti was sacked by Bayern Munich in October

Italian publication Gazzette dello Sport are reporting that Ancelotti would be keen to save Italy but only with a few conditions in place.

The report states the three times Champions League winners preferred move would be to return to a top class Premier League team rather than go back into international management.

Ancelotti has recently been linked with a move to Premier League club Everton, who are in search of a new manager since the sacking of dutch man Ronaldo Koeman.

The Italian manager is now a free agent since he was sacked back in September as manager of German champions Bayern Munich.

It was thought after the sacking he would take a break from football and return back to the game after the World Cup in Russia is over, ready for the new season in 2018/19.

Other candidates for the job are Antonio Conte of Chelsea and Juventus manager Massimo Allegri, while Roberto Mancini who is currently in charge of Zent St.Petersburg is also under consideration.

However, with Ancelotti currently out of work, he would be the obvious and easier target, while his record as a manager compared to the other candidates is far more impressive.

It is thought the Italian wants a change to the whole setup for the Italian national team before he even considers taking charge of the Azzurri. He feels the current setup does not work and has led to the current failure of qualifying for Russia 2018.

Italy find themselves in the worst period of their football history after losing out to Sweden in midweek.

The main goal now will be to find a new manager who can help the qualify for the European Championships in 2020.