My tribe

Former Japan coach Zaccheroni won't push for Italy job

Former Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni says he won't put himself forward for the Italy job,

Zaccheroni resigned last week after a disappointing World Cup campaign.

"I can say exactly what I said last year after the Confederations Cup: many put themselves forward as candidates, but I am not one of those people. It's not up to me," said Zaccheroni on Sky Sport Italia.

"I think it is up to the Federation to evaluate the characteristics of the right Coach for this very important moment."

Zaccheroni flew back to Italy this week and confessed he could even retire, because his bond with the Japanese players and fans was so extraordinary.

"Considering the experience I had and everything they gave me, it was only right that I paid the price for Japan's exit.

"Despite a World Cup campaign that was not good, I had hoped to end my tenure in a positive way, but must admit I didn't expect it to be this positive.

"The people waited for us in the airport to thank us for all we did over the last four years. I had already told the players in Brazil that I hadn't renewed my contract, as it seemed right to leave room for a new Coach."

 For the big stories and the banter follow us on Twitter: @tribalfootball

Have your say
  • Add your favourite leagues and clubs
  • Build your own personal news stream
  • Easily share your favourite stories
  • Connect with what your friends are saying

Select your favourite
leagues and clubs
to get started.

Already part of MyTribe?