Italian managerial legend Marcello Lippi has quit his post as manager of China.
Only six months into the job, and Marcello Lippi has parted company with the Chinese Football Federation.
His China side was beaten by Syria in a World Cup qualifier 2-1.
Lippi won the World Cup when he was the manager of Italy, and the thought was that he would at least be able to guide China to make some kind of progress.
However, halfway through the qualifying games and they are already five points behind group A leaders Syria.
According to the Daily Mail, Lippi assumed responsibility for the result.
“They played better than us and deserved this victory.”
“I take full responsibility for this loss and hereby announce my official resignation.’
He was, however, not impressed by his team’s effort,
“For any team, players should give their all once they are on the pitch and execute what the head coach had planned for.”
“If they are afraid and lacking motivation, will, and courage and failing to execute what we had trained for.”
— footballitalia (@footballitalia) November 14, 2019