Giaccherini tips Conte for Italy job

The Sunderland player believes his former boss has all the necessary qualities to assume the vacant position in charge of the national side

Emanuele Giaccherini has tipped Juventus boss Antonio Conte to replace Cesare Prandelli as coach of Italy.

Prandelli resigned from the role following the Azzurri’s dismal World Cup campaign, in which they failed to make it past the group stage.

The Sunderland player, who has represented his country on 18 occasions, worked with Conte at Juventus and has no doubt he has what it takes to lead the national side forward.

“Prandelli’s resignation? I don’t want to get into his decisions," Giaccherini told Sky Sports. "I think that his decision was made out of disappointment with results.

“The new CT? Conte wouldn’t be bad. I continued to hear from the boss even after my move to Sunderland because we had not just a professional relationship.”

The winger also took time to show his appreciation for the 44-year-old, who guided Juve to two Serie A titles and a Supercoppa Italiana during Giaccherini’s time with the squad.

“I cannot forget my adventure at Juve, where we won a lot. Conte gave me a lot and I can’t forget that.”

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with the vacant position, while former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and ex-Roma manager Luciano Spalletti are also in the frame to take over.