World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro acknowledges Roberto Mancini ‘got some things wrong’ in his departure from the Italy squad.
The CT lifted the EURO 2020 trophy and set a new world unbeaten record for a national team, but abruptly announced his resignation on August 13.
Just two weeks later, he signed the extraordinarily lucrative contract to become the coach of the Saudi Arabia national team instead.
“It was a difficult decision. He certainly could’ve timed it better, as it was so close to some important qualifiers, so he got some things wrong,” Cannavaro told Tuttosport.
“Everyone is free to make their own decisions and these are offers that you think about. Mancini made his choice and should be respected, but let’s just say he could’ve thought about it a bit earlier.”
Mancini has been replaced by former Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti, who will make his debut with Saturday’s EURO 2024 qualifier against North Macedonia.
Cannavaro has worked as a coach in China, Saudi Arabia and briefly in Italy, as he managed just 17 games in Serie B with Benevento last season.
“Travelling around the world, I realise the difference between Italy and the other countries is largely the infrastructure. That is where we are lacking.”