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Prandelli: I said no to Leicester “after seeing how Ranieri was treated”

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The managerial fraternity may seem large, in that there are literally thousands of football clubs the world over, but when you consider the planet’s population, those with experience as coach and/or manager is microscopic.

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As such, one can fairly safely assume that managers talk. “Don’t go there, the owner’s an idiot,” or “I’d take that job, that player’s going to be a star.” Thus, it’s probably wise for football clubs to treat their employees — this includes often-egotistical, millionaire managers, especially — in a manner which you’d hope for him to express to the rest of the fraternity.

On the other hand, if you treat someone so poorly that tales needn’t even be exchanged, you might just make life a whole lot harder on yourself down the road. Take, for instance, Leicester City’s search to replace recently-departed Claudio Ranieri, whose countryman, former Italian national team boss Cesare Prandelli, was offered the job in the days or weeks following Ranieri’s departure — translated quotes via the Guardian:

“I immediately said no. You don’t accept a job like that. You don’t go there after seeing how Ranieri was treated. I am not going there. Full stop.”

“He’s a coach who won a memorable, historic title and is then dumped after a few months.”

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Craig Shakespeare will serve as interim manager for the remainder of the 2016-17 season, at which point the club’s board will decide between keeping him on permanently or replacing him with someone who’s either, 1) not friends with Ranieri, or 2) sympathetic to his perceived mistreatment.

Report: Prandelli resigns at Valencia after 10 matches

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Valencia continues to struggle in 2016, and its latest manager has reportedly left the club with another major decision to make as the season nears the halfway stage.

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According to AS, manager Cesare Prandelli has stepped down from the La Liga side after just 10 matches in charge at the Mestalla Stadium.

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Pako Ayestarán began the season as the Valencia boss before Prandelli took over the post in October. Englishman Gary Neville began the calendar year as the club’s manager but lasted just shy of four months after winning 10 of 28 matches in charge.

Since taking over the club just weeks into the 2016/17 season, Prandelli has won just three matches and taken 12 out of a possible 30 points in Spain’s top flight.

Valencia currently sits in 17th place in La Liga on 12 points, narrowly above the relegation zone.

Valencia draws with last-placed Granada, Prandelli now in trouble

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That sound you hear is Gary Neville’s managerial stature slowly regaining its dignity.

Valencia, on its third manager since Neville was fired back in March, has continued to struggle, and now the current man Cesare Prandelli is feeling the heat.

A disappointing 1-1 draw with winless Granada has left Valencia with just 11 points on the season through 12 matches, good for 15th place, just two points above the relegation zone. They’re without a win since October 16, and five of their seven losses this season have come by one goal.

Prandelli was hired on September 28, just after the club had won two straight after sacking Salvador Gonzalez. Prandelli has picked up just five points in six matches, and now he faces a very difficult stretch with Sevilla (3rd), Malaga (11th), and Real Sociedad (6th) up next on the fixture list.

To make matters worse for Prandelli, in this four match winless streak, Valencia has coughed up leads to Barcelona (2nd) and Celta Viga (9th), while they’ve had to fight back from deficits in matches with Deportivo la Coruna (16th) and Granada (20th). It’s been dicey for months at Valencia and nobody seems to have the answers.

Balotelli hammers Cesare Prandelli, implies he’s not a ‘real’ man

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Mario Balotelli’s unfortunately hasn’t showed off his finest form with Liverpool, and his lack of goal scoring saw the big-bodied forward off Italy’s roster for a number of recent Euro 2015 qualifiers.

Nonetheless, critical remarks made by the Italian footballer were directed at former Italy head man Cesare Prandelli, not new Azzurri and ex-Juventus boss Antonio Conte.

Promptly fired after Italy’s sub-par performance in Brazil, Prandelli called out Balotelli’s play in the World Cup this summer, saying Super Mario “lived in a place far from reality.” Prandelli also just told Sport that “Balotelli is not a champion.

The 24-year-old slammed him for these comments.

“Real men, if they have something to say, then they come to you and say it to your face,” Balotelli said. “I am a face-to-face person, a straight person. Prandelli said bad stuff about me. Should he be going and talking to the newspapers about me straight after a game? I did not expect that and I did not reply, because there is no point.”

The striker was unhappy with fans’ criticism as well.

“I have to be honest and say I was disappointed at what people were saying and how they were blaming me after the World Cup. I think I had two, maybe three chances all tournament. Everyone knows I scored against England, but I couldn’t do much else.”

Criticism or not, Balotelli was brought to Liverpool from AC Milan to net a fair amount of goals, and he hasn’t met those expectations. The past is the past, and any disparaging comments must be ignored in the interest of earning one’s worth on the pitch right now.

Italian manager Cesare Prandelli steps down after World Cup exit

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After losing to Uruguay on Tuesday and crashing out of the World Cup, Italian boss Cesare Prandelli has made it a triple-whammy.

Prandelli has stepped down as the manager of the Italian national team.

Italy were well placed for most of their final Group D game, even after being reduced to 10-man when Claudio Marchisio was sent off in the 60th minute. They held Uruguay until the 82nd minute when Diego Godin headed home the goal which sent La Celeste through to the last 16 at Italy’s expense.

All Prandelli, and Italy, needed was a point to guarantee their progression to the knockout rounds but instead they are heading back home after the group stages for the second-straight World Cup.

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After the defeat, Prandelli announced his resignation at the start of his post-match news conference. Then Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete, sitting next to Prandelli, confirmed his resignation too. Abete then went on to say that he hoped Prandelli would reverse his decision to resign.

The former Serie A player has managed the Azzurri 51 times, winning 23, drawing 16 and losing just 12 times over the past four years. However Italy have won just two of their last 11 matches, with Prandelli struggling to kick his side on from an impressive performance at Euro 2012.

Is it a big shock that Prandelli has stepped down? Not really.

Many expected the former Roma and Fiorentina manager to go back into club management after this World Cup, no matter what the outcome was. Prandelli had, up until this point, rebuilt the Italian national team and led them to the 2012 European Championships final. The fans, media and players believed in his methods, however with a lack of attacking options and an ageing squad, the Italian side seemed to be backing into this World Cup with much trepidation.

Prandelli is out. Italy are out. The Azzurri move on.