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Fiorentina sacks Iachini and re-appoint former Italy boss, Prandelli

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The 63-year-old returns as head coach for Fiorentina, with La Viola concurrently confirming the sacking of their former boss

After the Serie A club sacked Giuseppe Iachini, Fiorentina appointed Cesare Prandelli as their head coach for a second time.

Before he resigned to take over from Marcello Lippi as Italy’s national team manager, Prandelli previously managed La Viola between 2005 and 2010.

Since his contract with Genoa was terminated in June 2019, the 63-year-old has been out of management, but he returns to Artemio Franchi after the dismissal of Iachini.

After Fiorentina picked up just eight points from their first seven Serie A games this season, Iachini was relieved of his duties on Monday, having finished 10th last season. Before the international break, their most recent result was a 0-0 draw away to Parma.

“In a statement, Fiorentina President Rocco Commisso said:” Unfortunately, the current findings need a shift in technical guidance.

We assume that his talent, his professional experience and his humanity, known and respected by the entire world of football, make Prandelli the most fitting person to sit on the Viola bench.

“As the new coach, I shared the management ‘s decision to concentrate on Prandelli, finding him the perfect candidate for his experience and full motivation to return to work for us.”

The length of Prandelli’s contract, which will presumably be announced when he is presented to the media on Tuesday, was not confirmed by Fiorentina.

During the international break, Prandelli will have the opportunity to settle back in to familiar surroundings, with time to work with his new players before their next game.

On November 22, Fiorentina will host minnows Benevento, a fourth-round tie away from Coppa Italia to Udinese and a trip to high-flying AC Milan before the end of the month.

Since starting with the Atalanta youth side in 1990, Prandelli has had a long managerial career and he has branched out in recent years.

He never managed outside his home country before taking Italy’s work, but has since taken over Galatasaray, Valencia and Dubai-based Al-Nasr.

Between 2018 and 2019, his most recent work was a brief spell in Genoa, but he only managed four wins out of his 24 games in charge.

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