Prandelli nears decision on future

Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has revealed his future with the national team will be decided before next year's World Cup.

Last Updated: 16/09/13 at 14:46 Post Comment

Cesare Prandelli: Long-term future will be decided before World Cup

Cesare Prandelli: Long-term future will be decided before World Cup

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has revealed his future with the national team will be decided before the Azzurri travel to Brazil for next year's World Cup.

There has been speculation in the Italian media that Prandelli will not continue as coach beyond his current contract -which expires at the end of the World Cup - and will return to club football.

"Will I leave the Italy bench after the World Cup? I haven't announced anything yet," Prandelli told the Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Will I stay? Now we (the Italian Football Federation and Prandelli) will talk with calmness and we will see.

"I can only say that by the time we are in Brazil we will already know where my future lies.

"If the decision is made earlier than that, we will inform everyone.

"I will meet the federation executives and we will announce our decision."

The former Atalanta, Parma and Fiorentina coach replaced Marcello Lippi shortly after the 2010 World Cup and succeeded in rebuilding the team following the international retirement of several key players.

The 56-year-old soon earned the admiration of the nation after guiding the Azzurri into the final of Euro 2012, where they lost to Spain.

"I am very happy that the fans want me to stay and I thank them," Prandelli said.

"We have tried to do well and to bring the people closer to football."

Italy have already booked their ticket to next year's finals in Brazil with two qualifying games to spare.

Prandelli's side remain unbeaten in Group B and are seven points clear of nearest rivals Bulgaria.

The Azzurri have won six of their eight qualifying matches, scoring 15 goals and conceding just five times.

Italy tackle Denmark on October 11 before ending their qualifying campaign at home to Armenia four days later.


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

A

rturo Vidal, James Rodriguez, Angel Di Maria...........who cares we have Mark Oxley.......Ah tis good to be Hibs fan :)

frakessmee
Hull keeper agrees Hibs loan

I

t's just a ride. Bill Hicks is sorely missed, what a prophet and still relevant twenty years after his death. I'm glad though he didn't get to see George Bush Jnr as President.

thesza888
Wilshere: Is He Smoking Enough?

W

hile not comparing the ability of Wilshire to Dr Socrates of Brazil, didn't he do about forty a day?

nedsmar
Wilshere sorry for smoking

Footer 365

Manchester United: Louis van Gaal admits he will not buy players just for the sake of it

New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he will not buy players just for the sake of it.

Transfer news: West Ham are set to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson on loan

Sky Sports understands West Ham are poised to win the race to sign Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson on loan.

Transfer news: Juventus determined to keep hold of Manchester United target Arturo Vidal

Juventus managing director Giuseppe Marotta has reiterated the club's desire to keep hold of Arturo Vidal.

Mail Box

No Wonder Wenger Doesn't Buy British

That's if reports that Calum Chambers cost Arsenal £16m are to be believed. The English premium shows no signs of disappearing. Plus, worrying about poor Southampton...

Reasons To Believe That Van Gaal Will Be The Best

Some supporters sound oh so confident on Louis Van Gaal's excellence. Plus thoughts on shirt sales, best signings, football sevens and a good deal more besides...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property