Date: 8th June 2018 at 1:22am
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The blame for Italy’s failure to qualify for next week’s has been laid squarely at the door of ex-coach Giampiero Ventura by former president Carlo Tavecchio.

As the tournament prepares to kick off next Thursday in Russia, the frustration and anger at Italy’s surprise failure to qualify, after losing a playoff encounter against Sweden, continues to fester.

Both Tavecchio and Ventura ultimately paid the price for the failing to reach the tournament for the first time since 1958 and although he was the man who hired the ex- boss, he has attempted to shift most of the blame with the tactician.

“We chose Ventura but in truth, there weren’t a lot of options available to us. The only coaches available were [Gianni] De Biasi, [Giampiero] Ventura or [Vincenzo] Montella,” he told Radio CRC.

“In the first nine games, we had seven wins and two draws. Then there were some unexplained results and we were also unlucky in the rankings to meet after losing the friendly against Belgium.

“But Ventura had the task of bringing to the and I certainly didn’t do the training. He was the conductor of the orchestra and when it sounds bad, then he has to answer for it.”

Tavecchio also confirmed that he attempted to bring back in the wake of the playoff failure, before ultimately resigning from his post shortly afterwards.