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Mancini quits as Italy coach, Conte or Spalletti tipped to take over

ROBERTO Mancini has resigned as the head coach of Italy, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) announced today.

The former Manchester City manager led the Azzurri to the European Championships title in 2021, their first major trophy in 15 years, but they failed to qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The FIGC said in a statement they had received Mancini’s surprise decision to step down last night.

“Because of important and close commitments for the team with Euro 2024 qualifiers against North Macedonia and Ukraine, the FIGC will announce the name of the new national coach in the next few days,” the federation added.

There is already speculation linking former Juventus and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Luciano Spalletti, who led Napoli to the Serie A title last season before resigning, with the vacant position.

Former Italy striker Mancini, 58, was appointed in May 2018 after the country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup that year under Gian Piero Ventura.

Surprisingly, earlier this month Mancini had also been handed responsibility for the country’s Under-21 and Under-20 teams, and there was no indication he was considering resignation.

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