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Italy must look to Mourinho to bring back glory days: Bergomi


By Robert Jones

Italian legend Giuseppe Bergomi says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is the man to transform the fortunes of Italy.

The Italians will miss the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958 after being dumped out on Monday night at the hands of Sweden.

World Cup winner Bergomi was stunned to see Italy lose their play-off 1-0 on agregate to the Swedes and says he has some sympathy for manager Giampiero Ventura.

Bergomi said: "No one has been attacking the players and I hate saying this but what really happened here? Everyone attacked Ventura but the players did not take their responsibility as well.

"They are the ones on the pitch who have to make the difference in a game like this. If we did qualify for the World Cup, all the praise would've been for the players so they also have to take responsibility in the loss.

"I think we should try to get a big coach who could work as an interim coach. You can tell Mourinho, United will pay you 12, 15 million euros per year and the Italian federation will pay you an extra one, two or three million euros to be our interim coach.

"I say Mourinho but it can also be someone like Mancini. Let's see but the idea of getting someone like Mourinho excites me."

Former Italy international Gianfranco Zola says it is necessary to replace Ventura.

Zola said: "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.

"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."

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