Antonio Cabrini “won’t rule out” the possibility of becoming Italy Coach with his 1982 World Cup teammate Marco Tardelli.
The race is on to find a replacement after Cesare Prandelli resigned in the wake of their group phase exit in Brazil.
“Could I be Coach with Tardelli as assistant? This is a time when newspapers invent names for this job, but I won’t rule anything out,” Cabrini told Rai Radio 2.
“Who wouldn’t like to do that? It is my job to be a Coach. However, I feel the real radical change has to be in the football system.”
There was a great deal of controversy over Prandelli’s wages and it has been said the next Coach will have a much smaller contract.
“That has never been a problem for me,” assured Cabrini. “With the right guarantees, I’d even do it for free.”
Cabrini is currently the Coach of the Italy Women’s squad, having previously worked on the benches of Arezzo, Crotone, Pisa, Novara and even the Sirian national team.
He won the 1982 World Cup alongside Tardelli, who was assistant manager for Italy in 1996-97, then had success on the Under-21 bench by winning the European Championship.
Since leaving the Azzurrini, he went through jobs at Inter, Bari, Egypt, Arezzo and as Giovanni Trapattoni’s assistant manager for the Republic of Ireland.
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