Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Italy Boss Prandelli Is Keen on Spurs Job; Club Have Made Contact Van Gaal Still Favouriteprandelli Is Keen to Take Charge of Spurs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Italy Boss Prandelli Is Keen on Spurs Job; Club Have Made Contact Van Gaal Still Favouriteprandelli Is Keen to Take Charge of Spurs

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Byline: Tom Collomosse

CESARE PRANDELLI has indicated he is ready to take charge of Tottenham next season if the club follow up tentative discussions with a formal offer to the Italy coach.

Prandelli is almost certain to end his four-year reign in charge of his national side after this summer's World Cup and Standard Sport understands he has received contact from intermediaries about moving to White Hart Lane.

Prandelli has retained a close relationship with Franco Baldini, the technical director at Spurs, since he was appointed Roma coach in the summer of 2004. Prandelli was never able to take charge of a competitive match for the club because he left before the start of the 2004-05 season to care for his wife, who had a serious illness.

It is believed no official approach has been made to Prandelli, with Tim Sherwood given a contract until the end of next season. Dutch pair Louis van Gaal and Frank de Boer are also admired by the club's chairman, Daniel Levy. Although he is philosophical about his own prospects of remaining head coach next term, Sherwood would make it difficult for Levy to ignore him were he to guide Tottenham to a place in the 2014-15 Champions League.

It is thought, however, that Prandelli, 56, is keen to work in the Premier League and is understood to have responded favourably to the idea of moving to north London. Although his grasp of English is limited, the former Fiorentina boss and his coaching staff are said to have been working hard on their command of the language in recent months.

Sources in Italy revealed the initial contact with Prandelli was made last December, the month in which Andre Villas-Boas was dismissed by the Tottenham board.

Since then, it seems Prandelli has grown even more enthusiastic about the prospect of working in the Premier League and it is believed further soundings were made this month. Were the job offered today, it is likely Prandelli would accept.

Since he led Italy to second place at Euro 2012, it has been expected that Prandelli would leave after this summer's tournament in Brazil. …

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