Roberto Mancini has officially resigned as coach of the Italian national team, as the FIGC announces it will announce a replacement “over the next few days”.
The timing couldn’t be worse, as the Azzurri will play crucial Euro 2024 qualifiers against North Macedonia on September 10 and Ukraine on September 12.
Italy started the group with a 2-1 loss to England and a 2-0 win away to Malta.
“Taking into account the important and close matches in the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifiers, the name of the new coach will be announced in the coming days,” said a statement from the FIGC.
“The federation announces that it has accepted the resignation of Roberto Mancini as coach of the Italian national team, which was received late yesterday evening.”
“Therefore, an important page in the history of the Azzurri is closed, after it opened in May 2018 and closed with the finals of the League of Nations 2023”, the Italian federation’s announcement further states.
It’s a shock, especially since just days ago Mancini was appointed as the coordinator of Italy’s various youth teams, a role intended to give him more power in shaping talent.
Mancini won the Euro 2020 tournament and set a new all-time unbeaten world record for an international team.
He leaves the Azzurri after 39 wins, 13 draws and nine defeats, in which the Italians scored 130 goals and conceded 49.