Italian Football Federation vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta has revealed that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte remains the top choice to take over as Italy's next manager.
With Conte's job at Stamford Bridge under considerable threat, however, having won only five of 14 matches in 2018, Costacurta - one of those tasked with making an appointment - is not giving up hope of luring him back for a second spell in charge.
"I haven't chosen yet but I think Conte is the one who could do the best. I'll definitely talk with him in a couple of months," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "He's already shown he knows how to be national team coach while the others haven't yet.
"That doesn't mean I wouldn't be happy with [Roberto] Mancini or with [Carlo] Ancelotti, although Ancelotti seems to have removed himself from consideration."
Conte guided Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 before stepping down to take over at Chelsea, winning the Premier League title in his first campaign in West London.