Roberto Mancini favourite to takeover as Italy caoch, says he would love to lead the four-time World Cup winners
Roberto Mancini reveals his desire to coach Italy; running as favourite to lead four-time World Cup winners
Mancini has won silverware with all clubs he has managed, such as Manchester City, whom he lead in 2012 to their first English title in 44 years.
Ancelotti, 58, was the favourite to take over after Giampiero Ventura was fired following Italy's shock failure to reach the World Cup final for the first time in 60 years.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Italy failing to qualify would be catastrophic, says coach Giampiero Ventura
"I'm not thinking about the play-offs, we need to think about the next two matches and then based on who we meet we'll weigh things up," said Ventura.
Inter Milan stay third, two points behind leaders Juventus and Napoli, who both claimed their sixth win out of six on Saturday against Torino, 4-0, and SPAL, 3-2, respectively.
Ventura signed a new two-year contract in August to lead the Azzurri to the 2020 European Championship.
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Italy eke out narrow victory over Israel, crictics lambast 'slow and dull' Azzuri
The relief was palpable on Wednesday after Ciro Immobile kept Italy's World Cup campaign on track despite an unconvincing 1-0 qualifying win by the four-time champions over Israel.
Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta has been called up to the Italy squad for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Israel just days after signing for the Premier League champions.
Italy were outclassed by Spain in a demoralising 3-0 World Cup qualifying defeat in Madrid which leaves the four-time champions facing a precarious play-off in November to reach Russia.
FIFA 2018 World Cup qualifiers: Isco's double strike and Alvaro Morato's late goal help Spain defeat Italy
Spain took a giant step towards qualifying for next year's World Cup as Isco's double and Alvaro Morata's late strike swept aside Italy 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Italy dealt blow as defender Giorgio Chiellini to miss Spain tie due to injury
Italy's plans for a vital World Cup qualifier away to Spain on Saturday were dealt a huge blow when veteran defender Giorgio Chiellini injured a calf muscle in training on Friday.
World Cup qualifiers: Giampiero Ventura says transfer window should close 24 hours before start of season
“It would be better if the players I select were playing all the time, but there’s nothing we can do,” said Italy coach Giampiero Ventura.
International friendlies: Mario Balotelli must change if he wants to play for Italy, says coach Giampiero Ventura
Mario Balotelli has "a choice to make" if he wants to resurrect his international career, Italy coach Giampiero Ventura said on Tuesday.