Italy coach Roberto Donadoni will have to wait until July to pen a new deal with the Italian Football Federation.
The former Livorno boss had been expected to receive an extension to his current contract, which expires two weeks after UEFA Euro 2008, prior to this summer’s finals in Austria and Switzerland.
Earlier this month, the FIGC had said an agreement with Donadoni would be reached before next Wednesday's friendly with Spain. But despite the assurances of FIGC President Giancarlo Abete that Donadoni is the man to lead the Azzurri in the future, no formal agreement has materialised and it won’t for another four months.
"The base of the relationship between the Federation and Donadoni is the united aim to honour the prestigious tradition of the national side at Euro 2008," a statement read.
"President Abete and Roberto Donadoni want to reiterate that they have a relationship of reciprocal faith and esteem on the professional and personal level that goes beyond contractual issues.
"We will discuss a new deal when the current one expires in July."
There have been suggestions that the FIGC won’t stick with Donadoni if he fails to lead the Azzurri to at least the semi-finals of the European Championships.
Rumours circulated that there would be a rescission clause activated after Euro 2008 should the world champions fail to reach the final four, but it now appears that the FIGC have taken a more transparent approach.
Source: C4 Football Italia