Published On: Wed, Jun 25th, 2014

Former Italy striker backs Allegri or Mancini to be new Azzurri coach

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Massimiliano Allegri - AC MilanFormer and Juventus striker believes that and are ‘fascinating’ options as the search for a new coach.

and president of the Italian Football Federation () resigned from their
respective roles after Tuesday’s exit at the hands of Uruguay, and now speculation has turned to who will be their replacements.

Vialli revealed to Sky Sport Italia that he believes Prandelli and Abete’s decisions were made in too hasty a fashion, but that both Allegri and Mancini would be good options to take the team forward.

“I won’t go into the merits of the decision. I would have waited to return to Italy, talk to the players and decide when their mind is cooler,” said the 49-year-old.

“The Football Association needs someone with fresh ideas and to present themselves in an environment in need of a boost.

“[Claudio] Ranieri is set to sign for Greece, but Allegri and Mancini seem to me to be two fascinating names.

“Roberto has the great advantage of being a little internationalised, just like [Luciano] Spalletti.”

Both Allegri and Mancini have been out of work since leaving their roles at AC Milan and Galatasaray last season and appear to be the leading candidates to take over the Azzurri.

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- Currently studying for a Masters at the University of Liverpool. Season Ticket Holder at Everton and write a fortnightly 'Juror' article for the Liverpool Echo. I have always had a love for everything about Italy, from the culture and lifestyle to the country itself. I've had a fascination with Serie A ever since the days of Alessandro Del Piero, Paolo Maldini and the like. Followed Napoli since their recent Serie B days, but also have a soft spot for Inter. A big fan of legends like Javier Zanetti and Francesco Totti, with an unhealthy obsession with Andrea Pirlo. Follow me on Twitter @George_Gibson9

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