Conte becomes favourite for Italy bench

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Former Juventus coach Antonio Conte is the most likely candidate for the vacant Italian national team job.

Antonio Conte is more likely than Roberto Mancini to receive the call to coach Italy, according to the latest reports in the peninsula.

The Italian national team need a new leader after Cesare Prandelli resigned in the aftermath of a first-round World Cup exit and took over at Galatasaray.

The coach's resignation came at the same time as Italian Football Federation chief Giancarlo Abete's and one of Carlo Tavecchio's first tasks as the new head of Italian football is to find a national coach.

The frontrunners are Conte, who quit Juventus unexpected after delivering three consecutive Serie A titles and ex-Manchester City boss Mancini, who has three Scudetti of his own from his time with Inter.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Tavecchio called Conte this morning, but he also seems to have made contact with three or four other potential candidates for the job.

A poll in the Italian newspaper found that 49.9% of readers wanted Conte to take the job while Mancini got just 33.4% of the vote.

The other candidates - Francesco Guidolin, Luciano Spalletti and Alberto Zaccheroni received a small percentage each.

"I started working at 7 this morning and I have spoken to Conte and three or four others," Tavecchio confirmed.

"Have I received a response? No, if I had I would have told you. Conte seems like a decent man, but I can't say any more than that."

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