Cesare Prandelli sacked!
Shock news are coming from the Italian Federation of Football as they have just announced that their manager, Cesare Prandelli, was sacked after a verbal fight with Giancarlo Abete, the President of the Federation.
On 20 May 2010, Fiorentina confirmed that Prandelli was given permission to hold talks with president Giancarlo Abete to replace Marcello Lippi as head coach of the Italian national team after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. On 30 May, the Italian Football Federation publicly announced that Prandelli will take over from Lippi at the head of the Azzurri after the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His official debut arrived on 10 August 2010, in a friendly match against Ivory Coast at the Boleyn Ground, finishing in a 0–1 defeat.
Although preparations for the Euro 2012 finals in Poland and Ukraine were affected by domestic match-rigging scandals, Prandelli succeeded in restoring honour to the national team after six years of relative famine by unexpectedly guiding it to the final. After coming second in the group stage, the team dominated a goalless encounter against England won by a penalty shoot out, and then contrived a striking 2–1 defeat of Germany in which Prandelli's special protegé Mario Balotelli scored twice. Despite losing 4–0 to Spain in the final, Prandelli was able to bring the team back to Italy amid popular applause to receive the personal compliments of President Giorgio Napolitano at an official reception in the Quirinal Palace.
Now, in the World Cup Qualification stages, Italy are standing on the first place in Group B, with 6 matches won from 6 matches played.
There are rumours that the next head coach of the national squad will be choosed from this 3 big names: Vincenzo Montella, Antonio Conte or Walter Mazzarri.