July 07, 2014

Galatasaray has named Cesare Prandelli as its next manager, the Turkish club announced Monday.

Prandelli managed the Italian team during the World Cup but resigned after its 1-0 loss to Uruguay. During the game, Uruguay's Luis Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. Italy finished third in Group D, failing to qualify for the knockout stage for the second straight World Cup after winning it all in 2006.

Prandelli replaces Roberto Mancini, who left the team nine months into the job.

The 56-year-old Prandelli had previously managed Parma and Fiorentina. According to the BBC, Galatasaray revealed that it had an "exchange of ideas" with former Manchester United manager David Moyes during its search for a new manager. A club spokesperson had also recently said that the club was targeting USA manager Jurgen Klinsmann and Germany manager Joachim Low.

A statement on Galatasaray’s official website read:

“Galatasaray football team’s new coach, Cesare Prandelli, is coming to Istanbul this evening. Tomorrow morning at the Florya Metin Oktay [training] facilities, he will be introduced to the players and staff. Galatasaray will sign the deal tomorrow at 2pm [local time] at the Turk Telekom Arena.”

- Sarah Barshop



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