Prandelli Sends Wishes To Conte

Former Italian national team coach Cesare Prandelli has sent his wishes to his successor Antonio Conte, who recently left the managerial job at Juventus to take over the Italian national team. Conte has long been viewed as the successor to Prandelli after doing a stellar work with Juventus last four years. After taking over the club when they were in the second division, Conte has not only managed to get them back into the Italian top-flight but also win three consecutive league titles. The 45-year-old was expected to continue at Juventus but he announced his resignation just a few weeks before the start of the new campaign.

He has been immediately announced as the successor to Prandelli and Conte will have a tough job on his hands. Italy were knocked out of the World Cup 2014 at the group stages, thus making it the second consecutive time that they have failed to progress past this stage. It is a huge embarrassment for the nation that has won four World Cup titles in its illustrious history. Conte’s main job will be to get Italy to successor to the Euro 2016, the qualifiers for which will begin shortly. Prandelli has also returned to management, but with Turkish club Galatasaray.

Conte will remain as the manager of Italy until 2016, but good performances are likely to see his contract extended until the World Cup 2018.

“I send my best wishes to Conte and I hope he gets the best results for the most important team in Italy, the Nazionale. Antonio Conte begins his challenge [on Tuesday]. As his predecessor, I wish him and his staff luck in their work, and hope they get the best results on the pitch,” said Prandelli. Galatasaray are expected to fight for the league title this season after losing out to Fenerbahce last campaign.