Last Updated: 13/11/17 11:06pm
Gian Piero Ventura saw his Italy side fail to reach the World Cup
Gian Piero Ventura has resigned as Italy head coach after failing to reach the World Cup, according to Sky sources.
A goalless second-leg draw with Sweden on Monday saw Italy lose their World Cup play-off after a 1-0 aggregate defeat.
It is the first time Italy have not qualified for a World Cup since 1958.
Ventura, who took over from Antonio Conte after Italy reached the quarter-finals at Euro 2016, had agreed a new contract in August running until 2020.
However, he has now stepped down from the role.
Under Ventura, Italy failed to impress in qualifying despite finishing second in Group G behind Spain.
Watch highlights of the second leg
They were beaten 3-0 by the group winners in September and then booed off the pitch after a 1-1 home draw with Macedonia in their next game.
Against Sweden, they showed more attacking intent in the second leg but still failed to find the net.
Sweden head coach Jan Andersson admitted that his side had to cling on against technically superior opponents.
“We had no weapons left. We just had to sit there and hope that we could hang on,” he said. “We couldn’t do it in any other way, they are so skilful.”