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Luigi Di Biagio to take charge of Italy on temporary basis

Alessandro Costacurta is keen to talk to Antonio Conte and Carlo Ancelotti about the top job.

Luigi Di Biagio will be given an opportunity to coach the Italian national team while the federation continues its search for a successor to Giampiero Ventura.

The 46-year-old former Roma and Inter Milan midfielder has coached Italy’s Under-21 side since July 2013, leading the Azzurrini to the semi-finals of last year’s European Championship in Poland.

Italian Football Federation vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta, who on Friday also told Il Corriere della Sera he was keen to speak to Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and veteran tactician Carlo Ancelotti about the head coach’s role, said Di Biagio can be Italy’s “ferryman, if he wants to be”.

Italy, the four-time world champions, failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia after losing to Sweden in the play-offs in November. Ventura paid for that misstep with his job while FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio decided to step down amid growing criticism.

This week saw Italian Olympic Committee secretary general Roberto Fabbricini elected as FIGC commissioner, with former AC Milan defender Costacurta installed as one of his assistants, after the federation failed to elect a new president to succeed Tavecchio.

If Di Biagio takes the reins and a new long-term manager is not recruited in time, he will be in charge of Italy for friendly meetings with Argentina and England in March.

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