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Fiorentina CEO slams the 'Fake News' about Prandelli's exit

Wed 24 February 2021 | 10:35

Fiorentina chairman Rocco Commisso felt agitated over fake Maurizio Sarri news and emphasized his full support towards Cesare Prandelli.

Corriere Fiorentino revealed

Sarri

met with Fiorentina chiefs Joe Barone and Daniele Prade in Castelfranco Piandisco, yet the financer suppressed the gossipy tidbits and marked the report as '

fake news

.' 

"I read about this dinner with my executives and jumped in my chair," Commisso told La Nazione. "By the fury over fake news.

"[CEO Joe] Barone and [sporting director] Daniele Prade were in different places yesterday, it was enough to check before releasing disrupting news."

The Italian-American billionaire clarified why he affirmed Beppe Iachini's situation as lead manager at the Artemio Franchi the previous summer. 

"A team that survived on the last day by finishing 16th, we took to 10th in the first year," he said. "No other team had climbed six positions in one year.

"For this, I confirmed Iachini. I thought it was right to give him another opportunity."

Yet, Iachini was supplanted by Prandelli in November, and Fiorentina right now sit fourteenth in

Serie A

after 23 games. 

"Prandelli has all my support," Commisso said. "Once again someone had begun to criticise him.

"Until halfway through the game against Spezia, I only heard criticism.

"But does it seem normal to you after a 3-0 win to hear even more criticism than approval at the end?"

Prandelli's agreement terminates in June, and Commisso said he expected to develop last season. 

“In my logic, I would have expected to do better than last year. But I won’t decide only on the basis of that.”

Commisso slammed the pundits and whoever blames him for not having a strategy to improve the Viola.

“This is beautiful. I programmed through investments,” he said. “Real money.

“Whoever accuses me of this would like to decide where and how to spend my money. Does it seem normal to you?

“In a year I spent more to manage Fiorentina than it cost to buy Spezia. The truth is that when in 2002 the team had to be bought for a few millions, no Florentine came forward.”

 

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