Marcello Lippi has revealed he is ready to return to management amid growing speculation he will replace Claudio Ranieri at Roma.
Lippi, who led Italy to World Cup glory four years ago but endured a humiliating tournament in South Africa, has not spoken to the press since stepping down from the national team but he has now fuelled speculation that he will take charge of the Giallorossi.
"I was just taking a break after the World Cup," he told Gazzetta dello Sport. "If I were to receive a proposal I like, I would be ready."
Ranieri, who led Roma to second in Serie A as well as the Coppa Italia final last season, has been under heavy pressure and appears to believe there is foundation to the reports.
"You make your own conclusions," he said. "Often the journalists know more about a situation than the tacticians. The newspapers wrote names and dates, so clearly they know too."
Roma are currently 18th in Serie A after taking just two points from their opening four games, and Ranieri was left furious after the 2-1 defeat at Brescia on Wednesday.
"Everyone saw that the team did everything it could, but unfortunately it was marked by the decisions of the referee. Their penalty was non-existent and we should've had at least two spot-kicks," he said.
"How can you give a corner for a challenge on Matteo Brighi? Plus whoever was marking Marco Borriello didn't even look at the ball, he just dragged him down.
"The lads honestly did not deserve to lose. It was one of those bad days. We made some fouls in the first 20 minutes and got three yellow cards, fine, but then the same method wasn't applied to Brescia.
"We all saw the handling offence from the touchline and the officials didn't? It is clear, so visible.
"I am curious to know if the linesman gave the penalty. The referee was blocked off from seeing it clearly, but if the linesman gave it then he ought to be hospitalised for tests on his eyesight. He can't see anything!"