Roberto Mancini has resigned as coach of the Italian national team, it has been confirmed.

The 58-year-old’s surprise decision comes during the Azzurri’s qualifying campaign for Euro 2024.

The country’s football federation (FIGC) have confirmed they will aim to appoint a successor as soon as possible.

A statement read: “Considering the important and close games in qualifying for UEFA Euro 2024, the name of the new CT will be announced over the next few days.

“The Federation announces it has accepted the resignation of Roberto Mancini as coach of the Italian national team, which was received late yesterday evening.

“A significant page in the history of the Azzurri therefore closes, having opened in May 2018 and concluded with the Nations League Finals 2023.

“Between that, the victory at Euro 2020, a triumph achieved by a squad where all the individuals were able to form a team.”

Italy are next in action for a qualification double header against North Macedonia and Ukraine in September.

Former Manchester City and Inter Milan coach Mancini guided Italy to victory at Euro 2020 but failed to lead the team to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar 18 months later.

The national team had previously only missed a World Cup finals once since 1958.

Only in June, Italy finished third in the Nations League finals under Mancini.

He leaves with a record 39 wins, 13 draws and nine defeats.

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