Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has confirmed the appointment of former Torino manager Giampiero Ventura as new national team coach after Euro 2016.
Current manager Antonio Conte is set to leave the post after the side’s European Championship campaign in France to join Chelsea and Italy have turned to Ventura as their new man.
After stepping down as Torino coach at the end 2015-16 season, the 68-year-old Italy International has now been tasked with the job of steering Italy to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
With a 178th ranking position by coachworldranking.com, Ventura had been in charge of Torino since June 2011, having previously coached the likes of Bari, Pisa, Verona, Messina, Napoli, Cagliari, Udinese and Sampdoria.
Italy have been paired with Spain, Albania, Israel, Macedonia and Liechtenstein in Group G of the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.
His appointment allows Italy to turn their attention to Euro 2016 fixture with Belgium in their Group E opener on June 13. They also face Sweden and Republic of Ireland in the group stages, in a hope to come out on top.