As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Galatasaray coach Prandelli fires back at critics, ex-president

Cesare Prandelli is coming under increasing pressure at Galatasaray.

The former Fiorentina coach has hit back at claims he's money-obsessed.

"I would like to clarify certain issues," he told GS TV. "First, I accept all constructive criticism, and here I want to say again that I came to achieve an important goal.

"Our former President convinced me with a very important and innovative project to become one of Europe's top clubs.

"After starting there was talk of Pato, Ibarbo, Doria, Balanta, Marcelo, Douglas, we began to negotiate for the transfer of players like Campbell and Song. And at least two of these names we want to add to our team.

"Just 20 days after the signature, I was told we do not have such an economic power. The President himself has continued to propose other names by saying overcome this situation. You know what happened next.

"We accept that. We took on the job, we continued to work to get the maximum from the team we have. To understand what the challenges are with a large group is difficult. After the start of the Premier League and Champions League, we understood it would not be easy, but we were not demoralised.

"The President criticised the quality of our game first, then resigned without much explanation. The new management ideas and a strong will to overcome this difficult situation took a previous administration's legacy. And now they are working hard to rectify this situation."

 For the big stories and the banter follow us on Twitter: @tribalfootball

Video of the day:

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free