Cesare Prandelli named new Italy coach

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Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli has agreed a four-year deal to become Italy coach after the World Cup.

Prandelli was hot favourite for the job after current Azzurri chief Marcello Lippi announced he will quit in July.

FIGC president Giancarlo Abete was given permission by Fiorentina earlier this month to talk to Prandelli, who has been at the Stadio Artemio Franchi helm since 2005 to make him the longest-serving coach in Serie A.

"Cesare Prandelli will take over the bench from coach Marcello Lippi after the World Cup in South Africa," read a statement released by FIGC.

"President Abete has confirmed this morning, in a meeting that was held in Rome, the contract with the next coach of the national team, after the decision of Lippi to leave his post.

"The FIGC and Cesare Prandelli have agreed a contract for four years. The details of the deal will be defined in the coming days.

"The official presentation of the new coach will be at the end of World Cup."

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