The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) today stated coach Roberto Donadoni's reign could be brought to an end because he failed to lead the national team to the last four at Euro 2008.
Despite the fact the 44-year-old has a contract with the Azzurri until 2010, FIGC President Giancarlo Abete admitted – after Italy's defeat by Spain on penalties in the quarter-final – both parties must now decide whether the coach will remain at the helm until the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
"There will not be any sacking," Abete said. "But, according to the contract, the deal will only continue with the mutual consent of both parties, as the team failed to reach the semi-finals.
"We have ten days from the end of the tournament to express the desire to continue with the deal.
"When he signed the contract ahead of the tournament, Donadoni asked for an automatic renewal in case of the team reaching the semi-finals and no compensation if the deal was terminated," Abete continued.
"We have never contacted any other coach as witnessed by the fact that Donadoni's contract would have been renewed automatically if the team beat Spain to progress to the final four."
Donadoni, who reiterated his desire to stay in charge of the Azzurri after their Euro exit, confirmed his contractual situation.
"I said no to Abete's proposal of a compensation payment on the day that I agreed the new deal.
"Financial matters don't concern me. If he doesn't want me to be the coach any longer, I will leave without asking for anything."
The Italian media are reporting that the two men will meet in Rome tomorrow where his departure will be confirmed. Marcello Lippi, who led the Azzurri to World Cup glory in 2006, is the favourite to replace Donadoni.