The head coach of Italy’s national football team, Roberto Mancini, on Sunday, announced his surprise departure.
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) confirmed his resignation saying they will look for a new coach soon.
58 year old Mancini, took charge of the Azzurri in 2018 after they missed out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
He led them to glory at the UEFA EURO 2020, where they defeated England in a penalty shootout at Wembley.
He, however, failed to secure a spot for Italy at the 2022 World Cup.
Many fans and pundits were stunned by Roberto Mancini’s decision to quit as Italy coach, as they thought he would carry on his successful project with the Azzurri.
Many challenges and controversies marked Mancini’s stint as Italy coach.
He faced criticism for his squad selection, his tactical choices, and his relationship with some players and staff.
He also had to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, which changed the international calendar and forced him to comply with different protocols and regulations.
Some reports claimed that Mancini was unhappy with the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) and wanted more independence and support for his work.
Italy faces a tough challenge, as they look for a new coach after Mancini’s departure, ahead of the Euro 2024 qualifying campaign, which begins in September.
The FIGC needs to act fast and appoint someone who can continue Mancini’s work and keep Italy among the elite of world football.
Some of the potential options that have been suggested are Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri, Massimiliano Allegri, and Gian Piero Gasperini.
With Mancini leaving, Italian soccer closes a chapter that witnessed him turn the team from a joke to a winner.
He will go down in history as one of Italy’s finest coaches, who brought happiness and optimism to countless fans.
He will also leave a void in many players, who respected him for his charm, his work ethic, and his personal touch.
Mancini also had a distinguished club coaching career, winning trophies and accolades with several clubs in different countries.
He won the 2012 English Premier League title with Manchester City, their first in 44 years.
He also coached Inter Milan and Galatasaray, among other clubs.
Mancini has proven himself to be a versatile and adaptable coach, who can win trophies and improve teams in different leagues and cultures.
He has also shown a keen eye for talent and tactics, as well as a strong personality and leadership skills.
His club coaching career is undoubtedly impressive and remarkable.