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Abete says Prandelli right man to bring through young Italy talent

FIGC president Giancarlo Abete expects new Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to bring through more young players for their 2012 Euros campaign. Former Fiorentina manager Prandelli will be officially unveiled as national coach on July 1.

It was already known that current incumbent Marcello Lippi would be leaving the world champions after the finals, but that was not expected to be until July.

But, after Italy were knocked out in the group stages, the FIGC confirmed that former Fiorentina chief Prandelli will be unveiled next week.

"We have the necessity to re-start. Obviously there is sadness and bitterness, but we must re-start," said FIGC president Abete.

"I have responsibility as the Federation president. I made the choice of Marcello Lippi and don't deny that and I take my responsibility for this, but the coach has all the authority to make technical choices.

"We have chosen Prandelli for the technical quality, for the capability to play with young players.

"Our aim with Prandelli is to have a long-term operation, as it's known that his deal will be four years long and up to the next World Cup."

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