Date: 22nd February 2018 at 6:22pm
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Roberto Mancini has emerged as the frontrunner for the vacant Italy job, following Giampiero Ventura’s sacking, although other candidates remain in the mix for the position.

The former Torino tactician was sacked last year in the wake of the Azzurri’s failure to qualify the World Cup in Russia, following their playoff loss at the hands of Sweden.

As things stand, there are five candidates to replace Ventura in change, including Azzurrini boss and current stand-in coach Luigi Di Biagio.

He would represent the cheapest option for the FIGC and will have two March friendlies to impress against Argentina and England but remains the outsider to secure the role on a permanent basis.

Mancini is the prime contender to take over and although he is under contract with Zenit, the St Petersburg club would be open to allowing him to fulfil his dream at the end of the season by letting Mancini depart to take over his country.

In addition, Mancini also has two men within the FIGC camp in the form of Alessandro Costacurta and Roberto Fabbricini who favour him for the position.

Others who are in contention are Nantes boss Claudio Ranieri, who has also spoken of his willingness to coach the Azzurri and would be a most cost-friendly addition that many of the others.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte seems set to leave that role at the end of the season and although he would be open to a return to the Italy job, he is reportedly more in favour of remaining in club football.

Massimiliano Allegri is the most complicated of the group, given that Juventus have shown no intention of parting ways with him, while he would also be unlikely to take over given that the FIGC cannot go above a €5 million salary for the new tactician and his staff.