Gianfranco Zola is certain that Italy have to replace Gian Piero Ventura as he failed to guide his side through the World Cup qualification after Italy were eliminated by Sweden in the playoffs.
Ventura’s side managed to miss the World Cup for the first time since 1958 following their bitter 0-1 loss against Sweden on aggregate and Zola believes that there is no way how can the current coach continue in charge of the national team. There has to be an impulse made by the Italian FA officials and they have to find a proper replacement for Ventura.
The former Italy international spoke about this humiliating failure as he said, according to Sky Sports: “It will be necessary [for him to go] because it’s not going to be easy for him to continue with his work. It’s a pity because he’s a good coach, he really gets his teams playing good football but in this case, unfortunately as a national team coach, you cannot get the amount of time that is necessary to develop his football.”
He also said that it’s not entirely Ventura’s fault and the players also should be blamed: “It would be wrong to put all the pressure on the coach, all football in Italy needs to be regenerated and we need solutions to improve it. There are certainly men with very good credentials. We have to start restructuring our youth system and we need to improve the quality of players that we are producing.”
The former Chelsea player is unhappy with the number of the world-class players that his nation currently have as they fail to produce higher number of talents: “At the moment we are not producing a lot of quality and a country like Italy, which has always been known for producing players, it is a pity to see that.”