Samurai Blue coach Alberto Zaccheroni has denied that there has been any contact with Italy regarding taking over the national football team from the current coach Cesare Prandelli should he decide to quit after this year’s World Cup. However, he seems to not be actually closing the doors to it and says his future will be decided by July this year.
He denied reports that the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has already gotten in touch with him for the possibility of replacing Prandelli when he is expected to step down this year. He said that he doesn’t know if that call will ever come, but his intention is to wait until July to decide on the next step for his career, whether to stay with Japan or move elsewhere. “I’ll wait until the end of the World Cup and I will decide based on what proposals arrive,” the Italian said.
Zaccheroni, who has formerly handled Italian side AC Milan, has been in charge of Japan’s national football team after their impressive run in World Cup 2010 when they reached the Final 16 before bowing to Paraguay in a penalty shootout. He has taken the Samurai Blue to their fourth straight World Cup finals when they became the first to qualify last year. They are heavily favored to advance to the knock-out stages, as they are placed in Group C with Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast.
[ via Yahoo ]