World Cup winners Italy have appointed Roberto Donadoni as their new coach following Marcello Lippi’s decision to stand down.

Lippi resigned on Wednesday, three days after leading Italy to their fourth World Cup success.

Italian FA (FIGC) chief press officer Antonello Valentini confirmed Donadoni’s appointment.

“Roberto Donadoni is the new coach of the national team and will be presented on Tuesday,” Valentini said.

Donadoni, 42, steered Livorno to sixth place in Serie A last season before resigning in February after a row with president Aldo Spinelli.

The former Milan midfielder has also been in charge at Lecce and Genoa since beginning his management career in 2001.

His first game in charge of his country will be a Euro 2008 qualifier at home to Lithuania on 2 September.

Italy are in Group B which also includes France, Ukraine, Scotland, Georgia and Faroe Islands.