Galatasaray face €3m bill to axe Prandelli

The Italian has endured an awful start in Istanbul but financial constraints mean he is unlikely to be sacked any time soon

Galatasaray would have to pay €3 million to axe Cesare Prandelli following the Istanbul giants’ disastrous start to the season.

The former Fiorentina boss took over from fellow Italian Roberto Mancini in the summer but, after a disappointing transfer window, the team have struggled, losing three games already and being all but eliminated from the Champions League.

Sunday’s 3-0 home defeat to rivals Trabzonspor left the club’s board and fans livid and director Abdurrahim Albayrak hinted after the match that Prandelli could be sacked.

“The fans’ reactions are right about Prandelli’s current form,” he told Telegol.

“I cannot support that situation any more. I’m so sorry – if you look at Prandelli’s contract, you’ll be mad about it. There are big clauses.

“Mancini is one of the most honest people I’ve ever met. He left his position without demanding any money.”

However, Goal understands that Prandelli has no release clause and the club would merely have to pay the value of the remaining 18 months of his contract, which amounts to around €3m.

The Turk Telekom Arena outfit, though, have been struggling financially, having failed to pay star playmaker Wesley Sneijder earlier in the season.

As a result, Prandelli is likely to remain in place until at least January, despite the rift between club and coach growing, with both parties keen to remodel the squad while internal disputes remain rife among the players.