Five facts about rumoured Spurs managerial target Prandelli

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Italy boss Cesare Prandelli has been linked with the Tottenham manager's job – but just who is he?

Tim Sherwood has had an impressive spell in charge at White Hart Lane, but speculation continues to suggest that the Spurs hierarchy will look to replace the 45-year-old in the summer when bigger names are available after the World Cup.

Holland's Louis van Gaal has also been linked with a switch from international football to domestic level with Spurs, but Prandelli is reportedly interested in taking the position in North London after he leads Italy to Brazil this summer. A relatively big name manager, what does Prandelli bring to the table?

  • As a player, Prandelli featured heavily for Atalanta, as well as Cremonese and Juventus before turning his hand to management aged 33.

  • Prandelli's big break came with Verona, winning promotion in his first season before a ninth placed finish in Serie A.

  • A move to Parma followed, where he harnessed the abilities of Sebastien Frey, Adriano, Hidetoshi Nakata, Adrian Mutu and Matteo Ferrari in the 2002/03 season to take the club to fifth for a place in the UEFA Cup.

  • After a short spell with Roma, Prandelli moved on to Fiorentina, where his stunning work with the Florence side earned him the 'Manager of the Year' award in 2009.

  • His work didn't go unnoticed, and Italy chose him as the man to replace Marcello Lippi. He promptly took the Azzurri to the Euro 2012 final, and has team set to face England at the 2014 World Cup.

With an impressive CV, Prandelli could be an interesting appointment for Tottenham, and having worked with current Spurs technical director Franco Baldini during his short spell with Roma, Prandelli could be a sensible hire.

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