Football: Lippi Quits Italy as Klinsmann Exits Germany
Byline: By Geraldine McKelvie
ITALY'S World Cup winning coach Marcello Lippi stood down from his post yesterday and was quickly followed by Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann.
Their respective nations were keen for the bosses to remain but Lippi claimed he felt his time at the helm of the Italian team had come to an end, while a tearful Klinsmann said he needed to spend more time with his family.
Rumours suggested Lippi quit because his son is under investigation by the Italian Football Federation for involvement in the match-fixing scandal engulfing the country.
It was also reported he was pressurised into selecting players from certain clubs for his 23-man World Cup squad.
Lippi, 58, said: "After the conclusion of an extraordinary professional and human experience during my time guiding this group of players, I believe my role as coach of the national team is over.
"I would like to thank the Italian Football Federation for the trust they have given me in the last two years I have worked for them."
Under-21 coach Claudio Gentile and AC Milan legend Roberto Donadoni were being linked with the vacant post last night. …