Fabio Cannavaro has reportedly tried to resign from his managerial position at Benevento, having been in charge for just four matches while amassing only two points.
The 49-year-old, who has had previous managerial success in Asia, tendered his resignation after the Serie B side lost their second successive league match to Como, dropping to 15th in the Italian second division.
But his request was ‘forcefully’ rejected by the Serie B club’s president, Oreste Vigorito, after the 2006 World Cup winner joined the side back in September.
Fabio Cannavaro (pictured) has given his resignation to Benevento after four games in charge
The Italian has amassed only two points suffering successive losses in his last two matches
He replaced former manager Fabio Caserta, who had also struggled with Benevento this season, winning just two of his six matches in charge.
Yet, Cannavaro, who recently admitted he had been in talks to take over at both Everton and Wolves, claimed there was no malice in his resignation attempts.
‘I submitted my resignation because I considered it a due act, and because [Pasquale] Foggia is not only a sports director, but also a friend,’ he told AS.
‘To make everything very clear, I took a step back, but the president was very forceful in rejecting it and that, I admit, made me happy.’
The 2006 Ballon d’Or winner is expected to meet with the club’s president in the next couple of days to talk more about the situation.
Cannavaro is set to speak with the Benevento president in the coming days on his resignation
He (centre) is one of the most decorated footballers of all time winning the 2006 World Cup
Cannavaro (centre) also won the Chinese Super League and Super Cup in 2018 and 2019
After five previous managerial stints since hanging up his boots in 2011, including a spell as the boss of the Chinese national team, this is the former Real Madrid centre-back’s first managerial role in Europe.
Cannavaro enjoyed much success in Asia too, winning both the Chinese Super league and the Chinese Super Cup with Guangzhou Evergrande, before departing the club in September 2021, and according to The Telegraph was ready to take up a managerial job in Europe.
Yet, it seems things haven’t been going so well in his first position in Italy, with his side falling to 15th in the Serie B ladder, just two places shy of the relegation zone.
Amid a crisis at the club, the 2006 Ballon d’Or winner was confident Benevento could make it out of this difficult period.
Cannavaro made 677 appearances during his career with spells at Juventus and Real Madrid
The Italian (pictured) is confident that Benevento can turn their luck around this season
He said: ‘The players listen to me, but they make too many mistakes and must understand the difference between playing and winning the games. To get it, you need a claw.
‘President Vigorito believes that the moment depends on his players and chose to concentrate the whole group until the next match, on Saturday against Pisa.
‘I consider the president’s position a gesture of great confidence to get out of this stronger.
‘I accept concentration, a measure that will help us to be united and start over.’
One of the most decorated players in football history, Cannavaro made 677 professional appearances across his club career, while amassing 136 caps for Italy to become the second most capped Italian player of all time, while wearing the captain’s armband on 79 occasions.