Tuesday March 23 2021
Hoping Prandelli finds his peace

Cesare Prandelli once again chose life over career, so Susy Campanale and the Football Italia team hope he can find the peace and happiness he so richly deserves.

Perhaps more than any other, Cesare Prandelli’s career has been shaped by off the field issues, and his Fiorentina resignation is no different.

When he first accepted the job of replacing Beppe Iachini in charge of a team that was badly put together, low on confidence and with expectations completely out of whack with reality, I thought of the old Italian phrase: Ma chi te lo fa fare? It means who is forcing you to do this? It seems he has reached the same conclusion and realised it’s not worth driving himself into a physical and emotional ditch. Fiorentina wouldn’t want that either, everyone wishes Prandelli the best and it probably is time to just put his feet up and retire. There’s nothing wrong with that. Health and happiness come before anything else and Cesare is too much of a gentleman for the Calcio he stepped back into.

Football is discussed in such apocalyptic terms, with talk of crashing out, getting mauled, destroyed, or fans writing on social media that a coach or an owner has ‘killed’ their beloved team. It’s easy to forget these are people with the same human weaknesses as anyone else.

Prandelli cares deeply for Fiorentina after his previous spell at the Stadio Franchi and confessed after the win over Benevento that he felt “tired,” that every decision weighed deeply upon him precisely because this was not just a job for him. He loves the Viola and would be devastated to see them relegated on his watch.

When he didn’t arrive for post-match interviews after the 3-2 defeat to Milan, the concerns grew. Prandelli hasn’t looked well in recent weeks, the insane pace of this compressed campaign and so much at stake visibly taking its toll on him. I had assumed he would retire after the short-lived experience at Valencia, and he now realises that would’ve been the wiser course of action.

He did not return to Florence for the challenge, nor to bolster his ego. I doubt Prandelli would’ve taken any other job after that, but ultimately the fact he cared about Fiorentina so much is what made this role unsustainable.

We must never forget this is a game more than a job. It is a vocation, not just employment. It is not the first time Prandelli has put his own health and well-being before his career, and that is genuinely admirable, not to mention wise. He had been appointed to Roma in 2004, a huge step up in his career, but walked away before the season had even begun because his wife was diagnosed with cancer. His decision was respected then, it should be respected now.

Last week, Carlo Mazzone celebrated his 84th birthday by posting a picture of his cake on Twitter. When he retired in 2006, it was because his wife ordered him to take it easy lest he blow a gasket in one of his traditional touchline tirades. The stress was no longer sustainable and it’s safe to assume he wouldn’t have made it this far while still working regularly in the increasingly cut-throat world of Calcio.

Just as with Josip Ilicic last year, or Adriano so long ago, the person must always come before the player, the coach, the career. I hope Prandelli finds the peace and joy that he so richly deserves.

Have your say...
I respect Prendelli,he represnt human dignity.Some may say he did not win but the sides he put together especially Fiorentina and Parma sides were a joy to watch.At some point the beautiful football and passion his sides showed made me forget about Juve,Inter,Milan,UCL football and used to make me wait for Parma and Viola.I do hope for him to find inner peace,which is very difficult to find these days,and for every human to find it.May you be at Peace Mr Prendelli!
on the 6th April, 2021 at 7:51am
If there were more coaches with Prandell’s grace and dignity then football would be an even more beautiful game!
on the 26th March, 2021 at 10:03pm
Some may say his coaching career didn't quite fulfill it's huge potential but his character is beyond reproach & I've fond memories of his Italy team. They were good & exciting to watch. Even for neutral's. He's played his part & left his legacy on this new, expansive Italy that Mancio is now continuing. Of course we all wish him well. I didn't know he'd resigned but I'm not that surprised. He did look worn out. As for Fiorentina. I hope they can stay up & manage to start again from next season!
on the 24th March, 2021 at 5:27pm
I hope Prandelli will be able to take it easy from today onwards. All the very best and much respect!
on the 24th March, 2021 at 2:00pm
frankly this shows how shocking the ownership has been for fiorentina to break prandelli within the space of a couple months either indicates that he wasn't mentally prepared for the job or the pressure is so extreme it broke him.
on the 24th March, 2021 at 12:49pm
Remember the gentleman Prandelli when he was Azzurri’s CT, as he had formed a good team which reached Euro’12 Finals. Then took them to the WC’14; where it was a big disappointment! and I mean Balloteli at the most, Prandelli loved Balloteli so he had high hopes with him, but unfortunately it turned the other way around. Prandelli gave his heart & kindness to the team especially Fiorentina & The National Team. He is truly a passionate coach.
on the 24th March, 2021 at 11:47am
I hope every Viola fan takes something from this. Prandelli has been heroic for our club and deserves nothing but love and respect for all he achieved with us. The ultras who recently put such pressure on the players and staff with their threatening presence and graffiti must realise there are consequences to these actions. I too hope, beyond anything, that the gentleman Cesare finds peace and feels nothing but love from those of us so saddened by how his second spell at Fiorentina has ended.
on the 24th March, 2021 at 8:55am

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