Galatasaray have officially revealed Cesare Prandelli as their new manager, replacing Roberto Mancini with his fellow Italian, reported by the club's website and via Eurosport:
BREAKING: Galatasaray confirm Cesare Prandelli as their new manager http://t.co/dKWq2h8aDi— Eurosport.com EN (@EurosportCom_EN) July 7, 2014
Prandelli takes over right after leading a disappointing Italy campaign at the 2014 World Cup. Despite beating England during their group opener, the Azzurri failed to qualify for the knockout stages after suffering back-to-back defeats against Costa Rica and Uruguay.
In the immediate aftermath of the final clash, Prandelli resigned, reported by BBC Sport. This is the 56-year-old's first job outside the realm of Italian football, where he played for teams including Atalanta and Juventus, and managed the likes of Parma, Roma and Fiorentina among others.
Is Cesare Prandelli the right appointment by Galatasaray?
A stint in Turkey certainly represents a different challenge for the experienced boss. Used to competing for European places at best in Serie A, Prandelli can now set his sights on a first domestic top-flight title win as a coach. His only managerial silverware thus far remains the 1998-99 Serie B championship with Verona, with Italy's second-place finish at Euro 2012 the closest he has come since.
Prandelli's Istanbul arrival ensures former Manchester United manager David Moyes is still looking for work. He was reported to be in talks with the Galatasaray hierarchy, per BBC Sport, but it seems the experienced Scot wasn't deemed the right man to lead a side that aims to wrestle the Turkish title back from Fenerbahce next campaign.
The two clubs currently lead the way for domestic-league wins and are joined together at 19 each after Fenerbahce's latest triumph.
Giancarlo Rinaldi, writer at Football Italia, indicated Prandelli's move may be defined by financial gain rather than footballing challenge:
Admit I find something disappointing about Prandelli's move to Galatasaray. Feels more about money than any project. Or is that unfair?— Giancarlo Rinaldi (@ginkers) July 6, 2014
Prandelli will be hoping to outlast Mancini's nine-month spell in charge, a tenure that yielded a Turkish Cup triumph for the capital-based side. Expectations are certainly high for the new boss, who will be given minimal leeway if trophies aren't added to the club's crammed cabinet.
The new manager's first job may be to ensure Galatasaray keep hold of Wesley Sneijder, who is currently linked with a move away by Sky Sports. Prandelli will also need to replace the outgoing Didier Drogba in a time of change at the Turk Telecom Arena.