June 24, 2008 / 3:34 PM / 11 years ago

Italy coach Donadoni expected to go this week

Italy's national soccer coach Roberto Donadoni listens to reporter's question during a news conference in Oberwaltersdorf June 23, 2008. Donadoni's time in charge of Italy is expected to end this week following the world champions' Euro 2008 quarter-final defeat by Spain, Italian media reported on Tuesday. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

ROME (Reuters) - Roberto Donadoni’s time in charge of Italy is expected to end this week following the world champions’ Euro 2008 quarter-final defeat by Spain, Italian media reported on Tuesday.

Italy’s top sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport said he would be sacked on Wednesday, while the ANSA news agency said Italian Soccer Federation (FIGC) bosses would probably meet the coach in the next few days to discuss terminating the contract.

Donadoni is set to be replaced by his predecessor, 2006 World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi, according to local media.

However, the FIGC denied a BBC report that Donadoni had already been dismissed. “There is nothing official,” an FIGC spokesman said.

On Monday, former AC Milan and Italy midfielder Donadoni said he had no intention of quitting after his team lost to Spain on penalties on Sunday.

Donadoni signed a two-year contract extension just before the tournament but FIGC would be able to terminate that now at a reduced cost thanks to an escape clause valid for 10 days from the end of Italy’s campaign.

Reporting by Paul Virgo

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