Carlo Ancelotti Should Replace Cesare Prandelli For Italy After World Cup

By Riccardo Di Julio
Carlo Ancelotti
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With the imminent goodbye of boss Cesare Prandelli from Italy‘s job scheduled for after the World Cup adventure, the entire country already wonders about who is going to be the chosen manager to replace him. As a matter of fact, many names have been presented by the media as candidates that could potentially aspire for the most desired coaching job for Italians.

Of course, the candidates are divided into some individuals who have the appropriate experience and knowledge for such an important job and some others who might simply not have what it takes for the position. Furthermore, as it happens in many polls ran by the fans, the public opinion ends up highly divided in their wishes.

Among the main candidates, there are Antonio Conte, Massimiliano Allegri, Luciano Spalletti, Roberto Mancini, Claudio Ranieri, and more especially, Alberto Zaccheroni, who, according to Sport Mediaset, would be the most ideal name for the job as chosen by FIGC’s federal vice president, Demetrio Albertini.

Zaccheroni, who has an expiring contract until the World Cup, doesn’t seem to have the intention of signing an extension with Japan as he’d finally be realizing his dream of managing the Azzurri. For the 60-year-old, this is the second time in his career that he is very close to the Nazionale job as he was also going to replace Marcello Lippi in 2006 until he was overcome by Roberto Donadoni.

However, many argue that Zaccheroni might just not be the appropriate name to lead one of the most successful nations in the world, considering his poor amount of titles, despite having managed Italy’s biggest teams. As a matter of fact, he only achieved one Scudetto after several years in AC Milan, Inter, Lazio, and Juventus combined.

In addition, considering Conte’s youth, Allegri’s and Mancini’s poor capabilities of managing big names, and the lack of titles by Spalletti and Ranieri, it could be somewhat challenging for the Azzurri to continue the great work performed by Prandelli in the last years with any of these names.

Instead, the most ideal candidate for this task is undoubtedly Carlo Ancelotti, currently at Real Madrid. The 54 year old has everything he would need to successfully manage the Nazionale: numerous titles and awards, a rich domestic and international experience, and a great ability to effectively apply his soccer knowledge in every single team he has managed.

For him, 2014 might just represent the perfect time to achieve the Nazionale dream as he would have concluded an incredible journey at a club level in which he collected uncountable trophies between Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, PSG, and maybe the Spanish side.

Moreover, Italy’s bench will just be a return to where everything started as his first managerial experience was a three-year period as Arrigo Sacchi‘s assistant on the national team that reached the 1994 World Cup final in USA. Perhaps becoming the head coach would be the ideal way for Ancelotti to finally conclude one of the most exceptional managerial careers of the last few decades.

After all, Ancelotti not only would be capable of continuing Prandelli’s magnificent work, but he could even improve it by providing consistency and, most importantly, a valuable winning spirit. For other candidates, such as Conte, the right time will come in the future.

Riccardo Di Julio is a Soccer Writer for Follow him on Twitter @Italcatenaccio and add him to your network on Google.

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