Iachini returns to Fiorentina after Prandelli resignation


Milan (AFP) – Giuseppe Iachini has been named as Fiorentina coach just over four months after being sacked following the surprise resignation of Cesare Prandelli, the Serie A club announced on Wednesday.

Prandelli took over in early November from 56-year-old Iachini who had been in the post less than a year.

“(Iachini) will direct training and will resume contact with the team this morning,” the Tuscany outfit said.

La Viola dropped two places under Prandelli and are 14th, seven points above the relegation zone, with their next game at Genoa on April 3.

Prandelli stood down on Tuesday with the former Italy coach explaining in a letter he was unable to follow the current rhythm of football.

“I came here to give 100 percent, but as soon as I had the feeling that this was no longer possible, for the good of all I decided to take my step back,” the 63-year-old said.

“I am aware that my coaching career can end here, but I have no regrets and I don’t want to have any.

“In recent months, a shadow has grown inside me that has also changed my way of seeing things.”

Ex-Fiorentina player Iachini has managed Italian teams including Sampdoria, Palermo, Sassuolo and Udinese.

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