Italy legend Fabio Cannavaro has revealed that he wants to become the next Azzurri coach. Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Cannavaro believes that his experience in the game makes him capable of leading Italy's national team.
He said: “I would like to become the head coach of the national side. It is a difficult task but I have the right experience and I had been in the environment for 15 years.”
Cannavaro publicised his interest in the job, after current Italy coach Antonio Conte confirmed he would leave his role after this summer’s European Championships.
Cannavaro's coaching career
Cannavaro started coaching in 2013 with UAE team Al-Ahli, working as their first team assistant.
He replaced former Italy national coach Marcelo Lippi, as the head coach of big-spending Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande, in 2014. Despite leading the club to top spot in their league, Cannavaro was replaced by Luiz Felipe Scolari.
His most recent role only lasted four months, as he was sacked from Saudi Arabian team Al Nassr in February. Cannavaro only won six games from 14, as the defending champions were sixth in the league at the time.
The 42-year-old is well remembered for captaining Italy to their World Cup win in 2006. His performances in the tournament earned him the Ballon D'or, making him the last defender to be awarded the accolade.
However, the Neapolitan still has a 10-month jail term to contend with. His villa was seized as it was under investigation for planning abuse, but he entered the property against orders. As Cannavaro appealed, his sentence is suspended until the court has re-visited the case.
Cannavaro is just one of many names who have been linked the job. Genoa boss Gian Piero Gasperini and Torino's Giampiero Ventura are said to be the latest candidates.