Friday July 4 2014
Turkish delight for Prandelli?

Richard Thomas says Cesare Prandelli’s arrival at Galatasaray provides the former Italy boss with an ideal opportunity to prove himself a winner.

On Friday June 13, Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli held a Press conference in Manaus on the eve of his team’s World Cup opener against England. “Our feelings are great,” he confidently declared of the Azzurri’s chances at football’s most prestigious tournament. “We have worked in a way that means we will be ready physically and mentally.” Secure in the knowledge that he had recently finally penned a new two-year contract as boss of his country, the scene seemed set for what should have been the pinnacle of the 56-year-old’s coaching career. Italy expected.

Three weeks on to the day, Cesare Prandelli is set to become the new Coach of Galatasaray. In what has been a remarkably quick turn of events even in today’s football, it seems unbelievable to think that just 10 days ago the Azzurri took to the field against Uruguay knowing a draw would be enough to secure their place in the Last 16 in Brazil. This is especially the case for Prandelli himself, who resigned in the immediate aftermath of the debacle in Natal and appeared set to take a break from football. Much sooner than anyone could have expected, however, the former Fiorentina boss is back in the club game.

“Prandelli brings together the characteristics we want in our Coach,” the Istanbul club’s President Unal Aysal said on Thursday when confirming he had all  but signed off on his man. “I am convinced we can achieve great results with him.” While many will view Prandelli’s decision to head to Gala as a backward step in his career, his new role at the 19-time champions of Turkey will present challenges and pressures that he has arguably never faced before.

Put simply, Gala are a club used to winning and their failure to do so last season was dealt with ruthlessly. Much loved title-winning Coach Fatih Terim was sacked following a poor start to the campaign and his refusal to commit to a new contract paved the way for the arrival of Roberto Mancini.

The former Inter and Manchester City tactician’s spell in charge, despite some questionable domestic results, would be considered a qualified success at most clubs – not at Gala though. Progression to the Last 16 of the Champions League at the expense of Juventus was followed by a second place Super Lig finish and victory in the Turkish Cup. From the outside, it was not a bad first season in Turkish football for Mancini, particularly when considering his team were already off the pace in the title race when he arrived. However, Aysal was unhappy that marquee signings such as Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder had not yielded a third straight championship. Coupled with reported disagreements over direction in the transfer market, Mancini had to go.

It is clear therefore that Prandelli will not be allowed a lengthy bedding in period once the new season begins. A man who has always prided himself on a creed of long-term stability, fair play and building a project will now be expected to hit the ground running and deliver instant results in Istanbul, or face the consequences. For all the commendable things he achieved during his two most recent jobs with the Viola and Azzurri, there is still one thing missing from his CV – a major trophy.

“It’s not as easy a League as it might seem,” Mancini’s assistant Fausto Salsano said of his experiences in Turkey. “The stadiums are always full and the support is passionate. Prandelli will find a club that is ambitious and is ready to invest.”

Though competition will come from the likes of city rivals Fenerbahce and Besiktas, there will be no excuses for Prandelli if he fails at Gala. They are both the wealthiest and most historically successful club in the country, while they also boast Champions League football as an added incentive for perspective signings. At Fiorentina and even the Italian national team, there was an acknowledgement that Prandelli was up against rivals with superior resources and players. Silverware, therefore, was hoped for but not expected.

At a club renowned for its fanatical support and refusal to accept second best, however, there will be no hiding place for Prandelli. His good work in his previous roles as a plucky underdog has given him the perfect opportunity to finally break his major trophy duck. If he wants to enter the bracket of European football’s elite Coaches, it is imperative that his reign at Galatasaray is a success.

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Have your say...
prandelli clowned it , he let ballotelli back when he clearly didn't deserve it. and he brought the players famalies along to the world cup. huge mistake . thank god for conte, I have hope again. im getting older and cant endure another world cup debacle
on the 17th September, 2014 at 6:16am
Prandelli showed us he is just a whimp and a weasel. Balotelli is a bum never to be seen in an Azzurri shirt again.

Italy has a brand that's one of the best in the world. The Azzurri sports paraphernalia is a big business. Italy will be wise to brand and market itself to the maximum and use some of this revenue to invest in and foster soccer camps for the youth all over the nation. This is the approach Italy must use to develop fresh young talent. National pride must be restored in soccer.
on the 15th July, 2014 at 6:10am
what a coward? Now he wants to run away from Roma fans.
on the 12th July, 2014 at 10:21am
Oh what an outstanding personality!!
He forgot that the same Prandelli revived Fiorentina...! He is upset that CP left Fiorentina to destinations Italy bench, says delirium!
on the 10th July, 2014 at 9:49pm
Forget Francesco Schettino , Cesare Prandelli is worst then Benito Mussolini,
on the 10th July, 2014 at 8:58pm
I never like Prandelli cause his Hypocrisy on Code of Ethics, Chelini elbows Destro & got away. I hope nothing but worst to Prandelli.
on the 10th July, 2014 at 8:56pm
Cesare Prandelli is like Francesco Schettino (Ex Disgrace Captain of Costa Concordia), always run away well it's in his DNA, look at his Past Career Move.
on the 10th July, 2014 at 8:54pm
DDV: 'Prandelli always runs away'

Exactly what most of us are saying about CP..
on the 10th July, 2014 at 7:56pm
The Netherlands four years ago in 2010 also reached the World Cup final, without Van gaal !! but now with Van gaal who some people love so much him, Netherlands could not go to the final ...!!
Wonder !!
on the 10th July, 2014 at 12:25am
how would you feel as a brazillian fan if scholari were to be unveiled as the coach of Monaco only after a few days from the humiliating exit at world cup?
on the 9th July, 2014 at 9:58pm
Cheers again Tony ita and I agree totally, no passion which if Italian is practically blasphemy, I don't get it really mate, where is the winning mentality.
on the 9th July, 2014 at 9:17pm
@maldinisheir I've never been a fan of Scolari either, saying Balo is not a champion makes CP a fool he has had 4 years to work that out. After elimination CP says we got KO down to CR result but rubbish Uruguay was the game. Publicly slating players a week or so after going out is poor, Brasil have been carried to semi by poor refereeing and sheer luck and Neymar, Worst Brasil display EVER, Silva and Marcelo AWFUL, feels good to be Italian.
on the 9th July, 2014 at 9:12pm
Scolari of Brazil built his ENTIRE team at the mercy of 1 player, just like our old chum Cesare.
With Scolari, it was Neymar. With Prandelli, it was Baloteli. And look at the result!

The job and work of a good National Team manager and selector is to select the BEST 23. If that is not possible, then select the 'least' of the worst of this group.

Balotelli must go to Turkey and join his former boss, for the good of Italian football. Please, go.
on the 9th July, 2014 at 8:53pm
On a final note, CP words over the last 24hrs or so, balotteli is not a champion, but Rossi really disappointed me from a human point of view. I think that there are Italians all over the world Cesare that very much feel the same about you.
on the 9th July, 2014 at 7:46pm
@ Marco What part of Prandelli saying that his project failed and resigning is not him taking responsibility? Ok he went to gala shortly after which is not great but he took responsibility for his actions with Italy. Judging by the comments about Scolari I'm not sure he's got much more moral fibre....
on the 9th July, 2014 at 6:22pm
Am I also right that Mancini left Galatasary due to lack of ambition or something along those lines? I think CP going to Gala shows us how desperate he is to win a trophy of some sort no matter where that, and for me other than Fenerbache there's no competition there at all. I think it's a real step backwards for CP, mind you no idea what sort of money is involved.
on the 9th July, 2014 at 6:03pm
@marco - well said.. those guys just have no real passion for the game and what it means to the fans. CP just ran away, blaming fans and Balo.

Have the read the article on Scolari "Neymar agent: 'Scolari is repulsive'""
on the 9th July, 2014 at 5:57pm
@maldinih and fha, yep last nights match Brasil destroyed. However after the match Scolari takes full responsibility like Lippi 2010. I do not hate CP but he has lacked moral fibre after the last few weeks, even if big phil is fired will he be joining another club over the next day or 2 no. I don't care where CP goes as long as it's not Italy coach, he is welcome to blame gala fans and players when it goes wrong, then a day later he will be managing Celtic or Lyon or whoever very classy.
on the 9th July, 2014 at 5:31pm
Lost a lot of respect for CP, He deserves to be coaching in Serie D, wouldn't even make in Turkey.
on the 9th July, 2014 at 12:53pm
@ Marco How certain are your views now after last night? What do you or I or anybody know about football? Is World Cup winner better manager than Prandelli after his Brazilian team where humiliated? The issue I have with the personal attacks and big talk from people on here is the absolute certainty with which they comment. Its not opinion. Its pure bold statements of fact and personal insults. The reality is most of us don't and can't know because football is unpredictable.Its what makes it fun
on the 9th July, 2014 at 11:53am
The same great Mou at speaking to Yahoo said about Prandelli: “Italian football is not going through a great period and he rebuilt the team after the [World Cup] disaster of 2010.

“He did well at Euro 2012 and at the Confederations Cup and he should stay to continue his work.”

There are many quotations in praise of him ... You Do not hurt yourself !!
on the 9th July, 2014 at 12:38am
This is your personal opinion... Dutch league does nothing in CL in recent years, but i repeat has a robben who in recent years one of the best players in the world and many awards have been with Bayern Munich.
Robben at this cup also has been a star. like always... what about italian players ??
you not see lag of italian football and just do pointless comparisons !
on the 9th July, 2014 at 12:32am
It's nice for me to know most others on here seem to be agreeing with me over you maldinisheir, the Euros more demanding than Wc you're opinion. You are too busy trying to make me out to be some form of racist but if I'm Italian and so is Prandelli you are delusional and you are, if you think a 4-0 hammering in the euro final is victory or some form of title. I think if you asked most people getting to a Wc final is far more of an achievement than a euro final. You are delusional and love CP.
on the 8th July, 2014 at 8:52pm
Also shoddy refereeing did not help his cause at all. The mexican ref who was god awful will get another chance to referee the Brazil-Germany semi-final. And nishimura the controversial ref of the opening match may get to officiate the final. So everything will play into the script eh? nice and easy.

Like somebody here once said, "I'd rather have an Englishmen to officiate England vs Italy, rather than some crooks from Mexico Nigeria or Bahrain".
on the 8th July, 2014 at 2:03pm
@ Marco And another thing its precisely because of "fans" like you that Italy does not and cannot rely on young players. Because "fans" like you create this ridiculous atmosphere of pressure and fear of failure. If its not the ultras putting off fans going to stadiums then its racist and xenophobic attitudes to oriundi or just good old fashioned player bating. While these things remain in Serie A and Italy we will never progress as a society or as a footballing nation
on the 8th July, 2014 at 1:00pm
@ Marco You can't have it both ways. Unless Van Gal wins the World Cup with Holland then he'll only match Prandelli's achievement in 2012. And the Euros are a much tougher tournament in terms of technical and tactical play (not in terms of running around in conditions that fans can barely sit in while you get kneed in the back and bitten)
on the 8th July, 2014 at 12:54pm
Dutch league does nothing in CL in recent years. Yet Netherlands are playing in the semi with arguably the weakest lineup in history, as we speak. Open your eyes.. stop your man-love for Prandelli, just as how he displays his unyielding man-love for Montolivo and Aquilani. Prandelli can only hope to be half the coach Louis van Gaal is. Even the great Mou will address him as "master". There is a reason LvG is coaching MU and CP is coaching Galatasaray and you know it.
on the 8th July, 2014 at 12:45pm
It ain't going to be a walk in the park in Turkey, Mr Prand. Because the Turkish fans are just as demanding and cynical as the Italian fans, if not more. Failure to win the Super Lig and Turkish Cup with arguably the best team in Turkey will spell doom for your time in Turkey.
on the 8th July, 2014 at 6:27am
Some here would put the blame entirely on the declining league,as if this man could get scott-free on... clueless team selection (no Rossi,Verratti nearly missed out and Aquilani!?), poor tactical acumen, inadequate pre-match preparation, farcical "ethical code" and erratic player substitution.

Don't get me wrong. He is a nice man and all that but when it comes to coaching (on the big stage, not for some midtable clubs.. like Fiorentina) he has definitely failed.
on the 8th July, 2014 at 6:21am
hahahaha ??
Them (Pirlo,Buffon,Balo,DDR) with their club teams in Europe, what results were ??
in recent years, in Europe italian clubs do not win anymore ...
how could the national team perform a miracle ???
Should be realistic !!! That is the level of Italian football.
on the 8th July, 2014 at 1:06am

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