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Cesare Prandelli has apparently resigned as Italy's manager. The 56-year old head coach took the helm of the Azzurri in 2010 after the South Africa World Cup.
Cesare Prandelli resigns as Italy manager
Jun 20, 2014; Recife, Pernambuco, BRAZIL; (Editors note: Caption correction) Italy manager Cesare Prandelli reacts during the second half of their 1-0 loss to Costa Rica in a 2014 World Cup game at Arena Pernambuco. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli and federation president Giancarlo Abete left Italian football rudderless on Tuesday as both announced their resignations after the Azzurri failed to qualify for the last 16 of the World Cup.

Despite Abete claiming he would try to convince Prandelli not to quit his post, the 56-year-old Italy handler was unequivocal.

"I will not go back on my decision," said Prandelli.

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli

Italy crashed out after a 1-0 defeat to Uruguay which left them third in Group D.

Abete said his decision had been made prior to the tournament, which saw Italy fail to reach the second round for the second successive edition.

"I'd already taken this decision prior to the World Cup," said Abete.

"I think we need time to reflect."

Source: afp
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