Genoa hires former Italy coach Prandelli, fires Juric again

FILE – In this Nov. 26, 2014 file photo, Galatasaray’s head coach Cesare Prandelli gives directions to his players during the Group D Champions League match between Anderlecht and Galatasaray at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in Brussels, Belgium. Genoa announced on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018 that it has appointed former Italy manager Cesare Prandelli as its new coach, replacing Ivan Juric, who was sacked by the club for a third time following bad results. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert, file)

GENOA, Italy (AP) — Genoa hired former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli on Friday to replace Ivan Juric, who was fired by the club for a third time following poor results.

Genoa made the announcement a day after the team was knocked out of the Italian Cup by third-division club Virtus Entella, losing on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

Prandelli steered Italy to the final of the 2012 European Championship, where it lost to Spain. He resigned after the Italians were knocked out of the group stage at the 2014 World Cup.

The 61-year-old Prandelli’s career has slowed since and he had brief stints at Galatasaray, Valencia and Al-Nasr.

Juric secured an improbable point at Juventus in his first match in charge, but failed to win any of his eight matches as coach, with two more draws and five losses.

It is the sixth coaching change of the season. Chievo Verona has also had three coaches, while Empoli and Udinese have had two.

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