Antonio Conte has been confirmed as Italy's first choice to become their next manager.
Conte's future with Chelsea remains uncertain.
Roberto Mancini, Carlo Ancelotti, and Claudio Ranieri are also being considered.
“I haven’t chosen yet but I think Conte is the one who could do the best,” said football association’s vice-commissioner Alessandro Costacurta.
“[Conte] has already shown he knows how to be national team coach while the others haven’t yet,” said Costacurta, the former Milan and Italy defender who is in charge of selecting the coach under the federation’s emergency administration.
“That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t be happy with Mancini or with Ancelotti – although [Ancelotti] seems to have removed himself from consideration.”
Conte left Italy to join Chelsea in 2016 after the European Championships.