Thursday, 27 March 2008

Abete dismisses Don doubts

FIGC President Giancarlo Abete wants an end to the speculation over Italy coach Roberto Donadoni’s position, but insists it won’t damage their performance at Euro 2008.

Donadoni’s current agreement comes to an end after this summer’s European Championship, but talks to extend that contract broke down this month.

The Italian press has been full of rumours since, with many sources suggesting that the former Livorno boss could be shown the door after the tournament, with World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi returning to the helm.

"There’s an excessive sensitivity on this issue. We have a positive relationship with the tactician and have put the decision over his contract back so that we can discuss it together after Euro 2008. There isn’t anything that has come in the way of an agreement," explained Abete.

The main stumbling block in the talks was the FIGC’s desire to include a clause that would allow them to back out of the deal should the Azzurri fail to reach at least the semi-finals in Austria and Switzerland. However, Abete doesn’t think the rumours will affect the team this summer.

"We made an offer to show our trust and simply asked for the chance to make changes to the terms if the results didn’t come.

The coach didn’t consent to the proposal, but we have a common project and we should remember that we won the World Cup with a man who hadn’t signed an extension," grinned the calcio chief.

Source: Five FootballItaliano

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