With Cesare Prandelli stepping down from his position as the Italian head coach after the team’s group stage exit from the world cup and despite having two years remaining on his contract, much speculation has been made about the next possible manager.
Prandelli has signed a new two-year deal to manage Galatasaray, a post recently available after the club parted ways with Roberto Mancini last month, ending speculation that former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes could return to management with the Turkish Giants.
Mancini’s Galatasaray finished runners up to Fenerbahce in last season’s Super lig, but went on to win the Turkish Cup under the 49-year-old's influence.
This, of course, leaves the managerial spot open for the Azzurri, with Mancini a clear bookie’s favourite to be the next occupant of the role, and ex premier league managers Gus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti are also among the speculated names, according to Sky Sports.
‘To see that Azzurri fans want me as coach makes me proud,’ The ex Manchester City boss told Corriere dello Sport. ‘It means that I have worked well and I have also left something good in terms of playing style and image.’
‘It's nice to be among the candidates, as a good nationalist, in the sense that I am proud of my roots when I am abroad. Even at Manchester City I was happy to put the Italian brand on the Premier League’
‘I repeat I would love to coach at national level’
Mancini also believes that Prandelli can be successful at Galatasaray, and believes that the 56-year-old can develop a good relationship with the players.
‘Prandelli will be fine,’ he said. ‘He will work at a big club and will fight for the title, being able to take advantage of pre-season preparations.’
‘Prandelli has done well to accept [the role], he will have a good experience with players like [Wesley] Sneijder and [Felipe] Melo.'
Italy's early exit from this year's World Cup signals the need for change, despite having reached the final of Euro 2012, and Mancini might just be the man to turn their fortunes around.
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