Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 : Italy have suffered heavy defeats by Wales and Ireland in this Six Nations.
Mallett, 60, fears more of the same against England on Sunday, but hopes they can at least “lose with dignity”.
“It’s a very, very tough coaching assignment,” he told BBC Radio 5 live’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast.
“I have always thought the Italian coaching job is the biggest challenge any coach can take.”
The South African, who led Italy from 2007 to 2011, added: “If you can come out of coaching Italy with your reputation intact, then I think you have done a fantastic job quite frankly. I hope Conor can manage that.”
After shipping 96 points in their opening two matches, Mallett has urged Italy to adopt a pragmatic gameplan at Twickenham.
“To try to outrun England, trying to play rugby from your own half, will be suicidal on Sunday,” added Mallett.
“If they do lose the game, they need to try to lose it with a bit of dignity.
“To win at Twickenham for the first time, with this team, I don’t think that is possible.”
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