No New Coaches Yet For Holland and Italy

Failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia has led to much soul-searching in both the Netherlands and Italy about the future of their respective national teams and what can be done to revive their fortunes.

Much of the focus will be on the changes that can be made, if any, to the league and organisational structures but the headlines will be grabbed by the appointment of new managers and some big names are, as expected, in the frame in both countries.

Dick Advocaat stepped down from the Holland role after their November friendlies, which included a 1-0 victory againsy Scotland, and potential successors such as Ronald Koeman have been mentioned in connection with the role.

Holland’s absence from Euro 2016 means their failure to qualify for the World Cup was not wholly unexpected but Italy’s play-off defeat to Sweden sent shockwaves around the football world and prompted the resignations of both coach Gian Piero Ventura and Football Federation chief Carlo Tavecchio.

The job of Azzuri coach still carries a big enough cachet for some very big names, Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte among them, to be linked to it.

Roberto Mancini is also thought to be a strong contender and Claudio Ranieri's name has also been mentioned.

Star players from both nations, such as Arjen Robben and Gianluigi Buffon, have also retired from international football.

Update: The Football Italia website reports that Italy Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio will be in charge for the friendlies against England and Argentina.

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