Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has a lot of work ahead of him in the next few months as he and his squad prepare for the upcoming World Cup finals in Brazil. After finishing runners up at the 2012 European Championships, the Azzuri have a lot to live up to. The nation expects.
Whether Italy are successful in South America or not, rumours over recent months have been gathering pace that Prandelli will be leaving his position as national team coach at the end of the tournament. Some media outlets have been suggesting that he could even be in line for the White Heart Lane hot seat at Tottenham Hotspurs.
Prandelli has previously hinted at the fact he would be in favour of working in the Premier League, as well as moving to London, and the 56-year-old fuelled further speculation when he undertook a crash course in English at the end of last year.
The former Juventus and Atlanta midfielder already has strong ties with current Spurs director of football and compatriot Franco Baldini making the likelihood of a move more possible.
Prandelli’s managerial record is impressive having lead Italy to second place at Euro 2012, not to mention his excellent work in keeping Parma and Fiorentina in the upper tier of Serie A during his spells in charge.
However, the decision seems to rest on where Tottenham finish in the Premier League come the end of the domestic campaign. Spurs chairmen Daniel Levy has stated on many occasions that Tottenham’s goal is to qualify for the Champions League and failure to do so for current boss Tim Sherwood could mean that he loses his job.
More details on the subject could be brought to light in the coming weeks as Prandelli is due to hold talks with the president of the Italian FA, Giancarlo Albete, where his contract will likely be discussed.
Meanwhile Prandelli could further enhance his managerial credentials if he can secure Italy a fifth World cup triumph in July; the Azzuri can be backed at around 26-1 to life the trophy with World Cup free betting.