Krakow: Cesare Prandelli said on Monday he may reconsider his decision to stay on as Italy coach if he is not given more time with his players.
Prandelli had said after Italy’s 4-0 loss to Spain in the European Championship final on Sunday that he would remain at the helm. But a day later, he said “I respect the federation and everyone who wants to do something, like us. If the problems aren’t solved in six months, if I have to coach a squad only twice in eight months, I will reflect on things.
“I decided to stay because I saw there is a common desire to change. I met with the federation and they made me certain of that. They told me they wanted to continue on this road.”
Prandelli was upset that Italian clubs did not allow him to hold any mini-training camps.
Italy’s next match is an Aug. 15 friendly against England, which comes four days after the Italian Super Cup between Juventus and Napoli in Beijing.
“We want to involve all the different parties,” Prandelli said. “If we play on Aug. 15 against England, when will the Italian Super Cup be played? Aug. 12 ... Where will they play? In Beijing. People need to be sensitive to the national team’s needs, no one cares at all about the Azzurri and then everyone’s a patriot only during a tournament.”
Prandelli is keen for Italy to learn lessons from Spain, which completed an unprecedented hat-trick of two continental titles and a World Cup.