Livorno coach Roberto Donadoni has resigned following public criticism from the club’s president Aldo Spinelli.

The former Milan player decided to leave the Tuscan club after talks with club officials on Tuesday.

Donadoni was upset with Spinelli’s comments regarding his tactics and substitutions during Sunday’s 2-2 draw with struggling Messina.

Livorno threw away a two-goal lead and although Livorbno are currently sixth in the league, Donadoni felt he had little choice but to hand in his notice.

“It’s the most suffering and painful decision of my career, but I have no other choice after what president Spinelli said on TV on Monday,” Donadoni said.

“If his aim was for me to resign, then here we are.”

Assistant boss Mario Bortolazzi is expected to be in charge for Livorno’s midweek trip to Ascoli.

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