Gasperini and Ventura latest to enter Italian national team manager running

The Genoa and Torino bosses are two of many to be linked with the soon to be vacant national team job

Gasperini and Ventura latest to enter Italian national team manager running
Successors for Conte are plentiful with Gasperini being one of many Photo:

Genoa boss Gian Piero Gasperini and Torino's Giampiero Ventura are said to be the latest candidates added to the list of potential successors to Antonio Conte Gazetta dello Sport understand.

Gasperini, 58, is in his second spell in charge at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris having returned in 2013. Ventura on the other hand has been making massive strides with Torino since his appointment in 2011.

Conte to step down after Euro 2016

Antonio Conte last week confirmed that after the conclusion of Italy's tournament he will step down citing wishing to "have the opportunity of coaching everyday" as one of his reasons.

The former Juventus trainer took charge of Gli Azzurri after Cesare Prandelli was given his marching orders following Italy's failure in the 2014 World Cup. 

Conte lead Italy successfully through an undefeated qualification campaign finishing at the peak of group H which contained the likes of Norway, Croatia and neighbouring Malta.

He has been heavily linked with the Chelsea job which will become vacant in the summer when Guus Hiddink's short term deal comes to and end but he has been coy on the subject and given away nothing regarding his future other than Chelsea not being the only option.

Other candidates

Bologna's Robert Donadoni was one of the first to be linked with the national team job alongside Inter Milan's Roberto Mancini and Leicester's Claudio Ranieri.

Mancini ruled himself out of the running admitting "at this time it's impossible" for him to take charge but did say that "maybe in the future" as it is a "good option."

The chances of Claudio Ranieri departing Leicester off the back of the season they've had is also highly unlikely categorically ruling him out also.

Fabio Cannavaro, who captained Italy in their 2006 World Cup triumph, is an outsider for the position as is Italy U-21 manager Luigi Di Biagio.