Pran­delli set to re­place Juric as Genoa coach

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Sports -

FOR­MER Italy coach Ce­sare Pran­delli (L) was set to re­place Ivan Juric as coach of strug­gling Genoa on Fri­day, end­ing the Croat’s third stint in charge of the team af­ter only two months.

Ital­ian me­dia re­ports said that Juric had been fired im­me­di­ately af­ter Genoa were knocked out of the Coppa Italia on Thurs­day by third tier side Vir­tus En­tella on penal­ties fol­low­ing a 3-3 draw.

Genoa, founded in 1893 and Italy’s old­est ac­tive club, have not yet con­firmed the re­ports but on Fri­day morn­ing said on Twit­ter that “Ce­sare Pran­delli has ar­rived at (club train­ing ground) Villa Rostan.”

Juric was re­called in Oc­to­ber to re­place Da­vide Bal­lar­dini but failed to win any of his eight com­pet­i­tive matches in charge.

The 43-year-old was first ap­pointed by Genoa be­fore the start of the 2016/17 sea­son. He was sacked in Fe­bru­ary 2017, to make way for An­drea Man­dor­lini, but re­hired two months later af­ter Man­dor­lini was him­self dis­missed.

Juric was again sacked in Novem­ber 2017 when Bal­lar­dini -- who him­self has coached the team three times -- was brought in.

Pran­delli coached Italy for four years, lead­ing them to the Euro 2012 fi­nal where they lost to Spain. He re­signed af­ter Italy were knocked out in the group stage at the 2014 World Cup. Since then, he has had short stints with Galatasaray and Va­len­cia and in the United Arab Emi­rates with Al Nasr.

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