Former Manchester City Manager, Roberto Mancini has resigned from his role as the Italian National team manager after five successful years.
The 58-year-old shockingly handed in his resignation letter on Saturday evening, leaving Italy in hunt for a new manager ahead of Euro qualifiers Next month.
“A significant page in the history of the Azzurri, which began in May 2018 and ended with the 2023 Nations League Finals, comes to an end,” the Italian soccer federation said in a statement.
“In between, the victory at Euro 2020, a triumph conquered by a group in which all the individuals were able to become a team.”
In his farewell speech to confirm his departure, Mancini wrote on Instagram:-
“I thank all my players and fans who have accompanied me in these five years,”
“I will always carry the extraordinary victory of the 2020 European Championship in my heart. It has been an honour.” he said.
During his tenure, Mancini won the 2021 European Championship with the Azzurri and also led them to a third place finish at the Nations League finals in June.
His Italian side also went on a run of 37 games without defeat between October 2018 and October 2021 – a record in men’s international football.