The aftershocks and ramifications of Italy’s second successive failure at the World Cup have been far reaching and will continue to be felt for some time. Not qualifying from the group stage has seen the resignations of both Cesare Prandelli and FA President Giancarlo Abete, as per Sky Sports.
While replacing the latter may only be of political concern, the departure of the coach will be keenly felt, such are the strides the Azzurri have made under the 56-year-old. He had made the national team a source of pride on the peninsula, a far cry from the embarrassing state of the side when he took over back in 2010.
Four years later, however, it appears little has changed, and now is the time for a fresh face to take command of the Italy bench. Abete had promised to urge Prandelli to reconsider, but the coach said he “will not go back” on that decision in a press conference (h/t Yahoo Sport) on Wednesday.
A wide-ranging list of candidates to replace the former Fiorentina boss has already begun to form, with some surprising names cropping up in connection with the role. Over the following pages is a closer look at that list, ranked in order of both likelihood and suitability to being Italy’s new coach.