More Backstories Pop Up Regarding Mancini Sudden Exit

FIGC is closing in on the appointment of Luciano Spalletti, and, in the meantime, more details have emerged about the abrupt separation with Roberto Mancini. The coach cited the overhaul of his staff as the main reason. However, that wasn’t part of the first communications with the president in the days leading up to his resignation, La Gazzetta dello Sport relays.

Four days prior, his wife Silvia Fortini, who’s a lawyer and represents him, texted the president to ask him to remove the clause that would automatically terminate the contract if Italy didn’t qualify for the 2024 European Championship.

Mancini didn’t mention his collaborators even in the letter where he formalized that he was stepping down. He only generically referred to the changes that occurred in recent weeks. He had just been handed the duties of overseeing the U-21 and U-20 squads.

Gravina turned down the suggestion. The gaffer announced his choice shortly thereafter. He remains under contract. He’ll have to come to terms with the Italian FA to rescind it to take over another national team or a club.

Spalletti could be formally hired to succeed Mancini as soon as Saturday, the publication adds. The body will back him in a possible legal dispute concerning his non-compete clause with Napoli. He’ll bring his men with him. Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Barzagli will remain part of the staff.

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