Roberto Mancini has resigned from his position as the head coach of the Italy national football team.
The 58-year-old’s departure comes as a surprise during the ongoing qualifying campaign for Euro 2024. Mancini’s decision was confirmed by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), which stated that they will be announcing a successor in the coming days.
Mancini had a successful tenure with the team, most notably leading them to victory at Euro 2020, where they defeated England in the final. Under his guidance, Italy also achieved a world-record 37-game unbeaten run on the international stage. However, the team’s failure to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was a setback.
The announcement of Mancini’s resignation comes shortly after he was appointed as a co-coordinator of Italy’s youth teams, suggesting his continued involvement with the development of young talent in the country.
The FIGC expressed gratitude for Mancini’s contributions, stating that his departure marks the end of a significant chapter in the history of the Italian national team, which began in May 2018. Mancini’s successor will be tasked with leading Italy in their Euro 2024 qualifying matches against North Macedonia and Ukraine in September.
Mancini’s resignation leaves Italy with the challenge of finding a new head coach to continue the team’s progress and maintain their competitive edge in international football.