Italy are looking at having Carlo Ancelotti as their new head coach after sacking the unsuccessful Gian Piero Ventura on Wednesday.

Ventura's side failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 following a 1-0 aggregate play-off defeat to Sweden.

As reported by Sky News, Ancelotti has already been approached by the Italian Football Federation about replacing the 69-year-old, who lasted only 18 months on the job.

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The 58-year old Ancelotti, has an impressive CV in club management but has been out of work since being sacked by Bayern Munich in September.

He has won the Champions League three times, with AC Milan and Real Madrid, along with league titles at Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern. Ancelotti also represented his country as a player, making 26 appearances.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, Roberto Mancini, currently in charge of Zenit St Petersburg in Russia, and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri are the other leading names reportedly in the frame.

The Azzurri next play in March, with friendlies against England and Argentina.

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