Cesare Prandelli is not going to be at the dugout for Genoa next season and the former Italy boss admits that he has a lot of regrets.
Cesare Prandelli is set to be replaced by Aurelio Andreazzoli for next season. And though the Italian did well for the team, he feels that things could have been even better.
Prandelli took over the club back in December and in 24 games, saw his team win just four times. Indeed the sale of Krysztof Piatek to Milan played a crucial role. With the Pole gone, goals became really hard to come by. A once promising campaign, simply imploded.
“A team that is trying to survive needs those players who can make the difference in the penalty area, but at that moment, I understand the club had financial issues and a Coach has to take a step back in those moments. He cannot object.
“I asked for him to be replaced by someone who already knew Italian football, but I inherited a situation decided by others. Obviously, it would’ve been better for me to start the season and form my own team, as taking over halfway through is always tricky.
And while he admits that he’s leaving under a cloud of controversy, Cesare Prandelli adds that things could have been different.
Indeed, the 90th minute penalty against Roma which was missed by Antonio Sanabria was the defining point of Prandelli’s rein. And although the club managed to avoid relegation, the ownership decided that a parting of ways was the way forward.
As reported by Football Italia, Prandelli says that he wanted to leave the club on a high but that was not to be.
“I don’t usually like to speak in this context, but I wanted to thank all the people who collaborated with me and assure I leave without any kind of controversy,” said Prandelli in his Press conference.
“I wanted to leave this city and this club in the best way possible. There are regrets, of course, because we believed that we could build something important here and perhaps we were starting to manage that. We wanted to share a project.
“Let’s just say that in football, sometimes one incident makes all the difference. In this case, it was the 90th-minute penalty against Roma, as if we had converted that, we’d have been safe with three rounds to go and written a whole other story. Instead, we had to thank the Divine Providence of football for our Serie A status in the final game.”