MILAN - Fiorentina appointed Sinisa
Mihajlovic as coach on Thursday after Cesare Prandelli agreed to
manage Italy following the World Cup.
Serbian Mihajlovic quit Catania last week after easily
steering the modest Sicilians to safety in Serie A, saying he
wanted to challenge himself at a bigger club.
"Sinisa Mihajlovic will be officially presented tomorrow," a
statement from the Florence club said.
Fiorentina enjoyed a successful run to the Champions League
last 16 last season but finished a disappointing mid-table in
Fans blamed the domestic slump on their European exploits, a
drugs ban for striker Adrian Mutu and tensions between Prandelli
and the board.
The 41-year-old Mihajlovic was an uncompromising player for
Yugoslavia and the likes of Lazio and carried his hard-nosed
approach into management, clashing notably with former Inter
Milan boss Jose Mourinho last season.
A former Inter assistant coach, Mihajlovic began his
managerial career at Bologna in 2008 but was sacked.
Prandelli will succeed Italy coach Marcello Lippi after the
June 11-July 11 World Cup in South Africa.
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