Cesare Prandelli is reportedly ready to commit his future to the Italian national team.
The Italian coach and former Fiorentina boss is highly regarded in Europe as one of the best coaches around - and with his contract with the Azzurri coming to an end post-Brazil he was expected to move back into club management at White Hart Lane.
It was likely that news did not sit well with Tim Sherwood. The former Spurs player has stepped into the void left by Andre Villas-Boas with relative aplomb - and is probably hoping to continue in the job next season.
So he would have been relieved when Prandelli had this to say on the reports of his apparently ‘done deal’ to become the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur:
"Me to Tottenham in the next season? This is fantasy football. It's too soon to talk about my future, after the friendly with Spain in March we will have a meeting with (the FIGC president, Giancarlo) Abete and the federal leaders."
But according to reports in Italy the FIGC already know what they want from Prandelli - four more years!
European football journalist James Horncastle has handily posted this pic of La Gazzetta dello Sport this morning…
Prandelli close to signing on with Italy for another 4 years, according to Gazzetta. Expectation was he’d step down pic.twitter.com/6igZXTLJZv— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) February 27, 2014
They claim Prandelli is on the verge of signing a new four year contract to continue managing his nation for the foreseeable future - rather than him readying to step down as originally thought.
Sherwood looks safer now more than ever…
image: © HITC