Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s future has been the subject of intense speculation in recent days, and reports today suggest he is eager to return to his previous job as Italian national team boss.
“The names are the ones you know.
“(Roberto) Mancini was in Rome but we didn’t contact him, Conte seems eager to wear the national shirt again, (Carlo) Ancelotti opens and closes the door and (Claudio) Ranieri isn’t out either.
“No one is in pole position.”
Conte excelled in the role of Italy boss between 2014-2016, with the former Juventus coach guiding a unfancied Azzuri side to the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championships in France.
The 48-year-old coach has been at odds with his Chelsea’s board over transfer targets, during the last couple of tranfer windows, and after his sides disappointing 3-0 loss to Bournemouth in the Premier League last Wednesday, the Blues hierarchy are said to be considering sacking their manager, and replacing him with former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique.