Alessandro Nesta stepped down as coach of Miami FC on Saturday after leading the team from its birth two years ago to the top of the NASL standings this season.
He announced the news on his Instagram account, where he wrote: “After two amazing and challenging years, my journey with Miami FC comes to an end.”
He went on to thank owner Riccardo Silva, other team officials, the fans who “followed our games with excitement and passion” and his players, “my amazing guys, from whom I learned a lot. Good luck next season. I’m ready for a new challenge.”
There have been reports that Nesta, 41, is a candidate to replace Mauro Biello as coach of Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact, the team for which he played after leaving AC Milan. But Nesta’s next job may be back in Italy with the national federation, where the Azzurri are undergoing a major overhaul after failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.
Nesta is considered one of the greatest center backs of all time. He spent 10 years on the Italian national team from 1996-2006, and competed in the 1996 Olympics, three European championships and three World Cups, including 2006 in Germany, which Italy won. He spent most of his playing career with Lazio and Milan.