Giampiero Ventura makes announcement over Italy future after World Cup failure
Giampiero Ventura is under pressure to quit as Italy coach. (Getty Images)

Giampiero Ventura has vowed to resign as Italy coach following the nation’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.

For the first time since 1958, Italy have been unable to reach the World Cup finals after they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate by Sweden in their play-off tie.

In the immediate aftermath of the goalless draw in Milan on Monday evening, Ventura refused to offer his resignation despite intense pressure to quit.

But when asked on Tuesday if he promises to step down, Ventura told Le Iene: ‘Yes.’

Giampiero Ventura makes announcement over Italy future after World Cup failure
Gianluigi Buffon was in tears after Italy’s failure. (Getty Images)

In August, Italy took the decision to extend Ventura’s contract until 2020, which ties him to the national team until after the European Championship.

Reports from Premium Sport claim that Ventura has not offered his resignation as he is still looking to agree his pay-off with the Italian Football Federation.

The figure Ventura is due for the remaining years on his contract is believed to be €2.6 million (£2.3m) but Premium Sport reports that the the 69-year-old would accept €700,000 (£627,000).

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