Uncertain times for Donadoni
23 Jun 2008 - 08:22:33
Italy coach Roberto Donadoni faces an uncertain future in charge of the national team, following their exit from the European Championships at the hands of Spain.
Donadoni recently penned a two-year contract extension to remain in charge of the Azzurri until the 2010 World Cup, but his position has now been called into question by the failure to progress past the quarter-finals at Euro 2008.
Italian Football Federation president, Giancarlo Abete, said: "Over the next few days we will reflect and make a decision about this. It doesn't make any sense to make a decision in the heat of the moment.
"Naturally we will all reflect together. I already have a meeting set up with Donadoni to analyse the European Championships.
"Now is the time for disappointment and unity. Afterwards we will discuss the situation, as we did before the game. This is not the time to talk about contracts.
"The squad did well and remained united, gave their heart and soul for this competition."
Donadoni had said after the penalty shootout loss to Spain: "I live day by day, moment by moment.
"It's been an exhilarating experience, an exciting experience and a productive experience in terms of growth.
"We've done everything we could do. I'm happy with how we've worked."