By Alex Demarco

Spanish side Valencia have appointed Cesare Prandelli as their new manager following a dismal start to the La Liga season which has seen them pick up just six points from their opening seven fixtures.

Pako Ayestaran parted company with Los Che two weeks ago with the worst record of any manager in the club’s history.

At his unveiling on Monday, Prandelli spoke of his desire to take Valencia to the top of Spanish and European football.

The 59-year-old was in charge of Italian side Fiorentina for five years between 2005 and 2010, during which time he led them to a fourth-placed Serie A finish as well as reaching the round of 16 in the Champions League.

Prandelli then went on to manage the Italian national team that finished as runners up in the 2012 European Championships.

The veteran trainer will have to use all of his experience if he is to turn Valencia’s fortunes around and take them to the top.

The Italian has inherited a talented, yet unbalanced squad – one that deserves to be a lot higher up the table.

The Mestalla outfit lost three key players over the summer, with Paco Alcacer and Andre Gomes both joining Barcelona, whilst Shokdran Mustafi left for Arsenal.

Portuguese winger Nani, one of the standout performers in the summer’s European Championships, joined from Fenerbahce, whilst the Argentina international defender Ezequiel Garay was signed from Zenit Saint Petersburg.

This upcoming international break gives the new manager the perfect opportunity to work with his players and prepare them for a tricky set of upcoming fixtures, which includes a home clash with Barcelona.

Pleasing the club’s impatient owners and demanding fans may prove to be Prandelli’s toughest challenge yet.


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