Cesare Prandelli has resigned as Italy Coach. “The technical project failed and it’s only right I take responsibility.”
The tactician had only recently agreed a two-year contract extension, but scrapped the agreement after a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay sent them out of the World Cup.
“With 11 men we were in the game and fought for every ball in a fair way. The red card made a huge difference and we could’ve challenged for qualification in a different way,” he said in a Press conference.
“Aside from that, at the end of the game I spoke to the President of the Federation and, seeing as the technical project is my responsibility, I will hand in my resignation.
“When the technical project fails, it is only right that the Coach takes his responsibility.
“Before renewing the contract, we wanted to continue along a path that had helped us limit and in a way disguise the problems of Italian football.
“I don’t know what happened after that contract, but we suddenly found ourselves treated like a political party and subject to verbal attacks. People accused us of basically taking money from the country.
“I’ve never stolen money from anyone, I always paid my taxed and walked with my head held high. I didn’t want to be told I’d robbed anyone.”
FIGC President Giancarlo Abete has also offered his “irrevocable” resignation, which he assured was made before the tournament.
“Prandelli offered his resignation. I will call a FIGC meeting and hope Prandelli takes back his resignation, as apart from the result, we did everything possible within the levels of competitivity our football currently has.
“I think second place at Euro 2012, third in the Confederations Cup and comfortable qualification should not be ignored.”