Lippi Resigns as Klinsmann Quits in Tears; Tournament's over but Unbelievable but True.FIFA Move England Flops the Fallout Rumbles on Up to FIFTH in the World after Germany 2006!

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Byline: By DARREN LEWIS

WORLD CUP-winning Italy boss Marcello Lippi quit along with Jurgen Klinsmann yesterday -the biggest names to go in the post-Germany merry-go-round.

The latest high-profile departures mean that nearly HALF the bosses who went into the competition have ended up either out of a job or moving to new positions.

Lippi, 58, quit while he was ahead after silencing his critics by delivering football's greatest prize.

He said: "After the conclusion of an extraordinary professional and human experience I believe my role as coach of the national team is over."

Klinsmann, who lives in California with his American wife, stepped down after two turbulent years.

"I feel burned out," he said, fighting back tears. "I have a great wish to be back with my family and my children and to get back into normal life."

Klinsmann dismissed reports that he had been approached to take over the USA national team in the wake of Bruce Arena's departure.

"There is absolutely no interest on my side and no contact," he said.

Like Lippi, the ex-Spurs striker went out on a high after making fools of his disillusioned detractors -who demanded his sacking earlier this year - with a stunning World Cup.

Franz Beckenbauer, the former German captain and coach and now president of the World Cup organising committee, appealed last week: "The fans like him, the players like him and I hope he stays on."

But after leading Germany to a creditable third place, Klinsmann makes way for his assistant Joachim Loew to take over. A German FA spokesman said: "We regret Jurgen's decision, but have to accept it."

Sven Goran Eriksson, who had already had his contract terminated by the FA, left his post after England crashed out on penalties to Portugal in the quarter-finals. Steve McClaren takes over officially on August 1. …