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Ventura: ‘Never coach a national team’

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Giampiero Ventura declares “I hope my holiday will end soon” but admits “I’ll never train a national team again”.

The former Italy CT failed to take Italy to the World Cup, and became a pariah after refusing to resign in the aftermath of the play-off defeat to Sweden.

“I hope my holiday will end soon,” Ventura said on Radio Crc, who asked if he feels dsappointed, angry or betrayed.

“I’d associate myself with all three adjectives, but I don’t want to argue or go into details. Right now I want to avoid that, there’ll be a time and a manner for that but my goal is to get back what I lost.

“I’ve spent 30 years in football working in a correct and professional manner, achieving sporting and financial results, so I simply want to get back to doing what I can do.

“I really want to go back to coaching but I’ll never train a national team again. Not seeing the team every day isn’t my job, I need to be on the pitch, taking youngsters and making them important.

“Working every day with the whole group: that’s my job.

“In a team sport there’s never one person alone who wins, and if you don’t win alone then you certainly can’t lose alone.

“I don’t want to get into that though, I can only say I hope to be part of the next season.

“To my surprise I’ve had more than one approach, but I can’t afford to make a mistake.

“All I can say is I have a huge desire to get back into the game and respond not with words, but on the pitch.”

Ventura was also asked about Napoli’s choice to appoint Carlo Ancelotti as Coach.

“I liked this season because for the first time the fight was open until the end for the Scudetto, for the Champions League, for the Europa League and for relegation.

“There was incredible competitiveness, and for that reason it was the most fascinating season of the last decade.

“By appointing Ancelotti, [President Aurelio] De Laurentiis wanted to shake up the league.

“He’s sent a message saying that he is no longer content to play well and get second, now he wants to win.

“After sending messages though there must be facts, which means an important transfer campaign that allows the Coach to win the Scudetto.

“Napoli’s objective should no longer be Champions League qualification but to win the Scudetto. When they say you need to get used to winning, there’s a grain of truth in it.

“Napoli lost two games this year because of Juventus victories, against Roma and Fiorentina. The Juventus result affected the psychology of the team, and it’s in that aspect Napoli need to take a small step forward.

“When I was Napoli Coach we were at the start of the team’s construction, but the club has grown exponentially in a short time and the ownership has to be complimented for that.

“Now all that’s missing is the icing on the cake, which would be to win something to reap everything that has been sown in these last few years.

“With Ancelotti, De Laurentiis has sent a message to the team, the city, and the league and the Napoli President should be congratulated.”

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