Carlo Ancelotti And Paolo Maldini Could Reunite To Manage Italy
Italy's failure to make the World Cup next summer is one that is quite sad to most football fans. But from the dark could come some light if the Italian FA decide to appoint Carlo Ancelotti and Paolo Maldini.
For those of us of a certain vintage Italian football was the subject of the kind of 'open letter' that became popular at one point on social media, only we wrote them in our heads rather than over using a horrible trope.
The likes of Baggio, Del Piero, Totti, Inzaghi, Vieri. Italy was a hot bed of the best football and it all happened in front of our eyes on Football Italia every weekend on Channel 4 with a live match on Sunday.
It's 2001, that's a Juventus line up and all is well in the world. Image: PA
In recent years the sparkle and success has rather gone from the Italian game and Monday night was the nadir of that with Italy failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Manager Giampiero Ventura jumped before he was pushed after the match leaving the position free. According to Sky Italia former AC Milan manager Carlo Ancelotti and Italy legend Paolo Maldini could be the men to take over the national side.
Ancelotti with his second Champions League trophy as Milan manager. Image: PA
Calcio Mercato also reported that Ancelotti could be the next man in charge of the four time World Cup winners and they note the former Bayern Munich is also being considered by AC Milan and Chelsea should they lose their managers.
Maldini and Ancelotti were together at the San Siro as player and manager in Ancelotti's eight year spell there in which the pair won the Serie A title and two Champions League titles a long with several other competitions.
One of the all time greats. Image: PA
The legendary defender, and son of former Italy boss Cesare Maldini, has previously claimed that he would never get into football coaching and turned down the chance to join Ancelotti at Chelsea.
I don't really care how likely or effective the pairing would be the very thought of Maldini back in football and helping Italy back to their footballing glory, well...be still my beating heart!