Natal, Brazil (SportsNetwork.com) - Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli announced his resignation on Tuesday following the Azzurri's 1-0 loss to Uruguay which knocked them out of the World Cup.
"I talked to the President of the Federation and (vice president) Demetrio Albertini, and gave my resignation," Prandelli said after the match. The technical setup didn't work, and I take all responsibility for that. Something has changed since my contract was renewed. I don't know why. I chose a certain technical plan and that's why I am resigning, because it did not work. My resignation is irrevocable."
Prandelli's side entered Tuesday's final Group D match needing just a draw to advance to the round of 16, but was undone nine minutes from time when Uruguay's Diego Godin nodded home the only goal of the contest off a Gaston Ramirez corner kick.
Prandelli was hired in May of 2010 to replace Marcelo Lippi after Italy failed to make it out of the group stage of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
He guided the Azzurri to the 2012 European Championship final and a 14th consecutive berth in the World Cup after his side cruised through European qualifying with an unbeaten record.
But after missing the round of 16 for the second successive World Cup, Italy again finds itself searching for a head coach after a poor World Cup showing.