The vastly experienced former Italy coach returned for a second spell in charge at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in November, but has now stepped away from the role citing a “period of profound distress which is preventing me from being who I really am” and a “dark cloud inside of me, changing the way I see things”.
Prandelli, 63, added that he could no longer give 100 per cent to Fiorentina and that he no longer saw himself being involved in “the world I’ve been a part of for my whole life” as he accepted that his long coaching career may well now be over.
“This is the second time I’ve left Fiorentina,” Prandelli said in a letter published on Fiorentina’s official website on Tuesday. “The first time was not my decision, but this time it is. In life, as well as the good times, there are also dark moments which can get on top of you.
“I have been going through a period of profound distress which is preventing me from being who I really am. I began this experience with joy and love, spurred on by the enthusiasm of the new owners. It’s likely that that my love for the city, and the memories of the great moments I’ve experienced here, made me blind to the early signs that something wasn’t right inside.
“My decision has been guided by the enormous responsibility I have towards the players, the club and – last but certainly not least – to the Fiorentina fans, for whom I have great respect.
“All players at this level have talent, and when you have talent you are perceptive – I wouldn’t want my distress to be picked up and affect the team’s performances.
“Over the past few months, a dark cloud has developed inside of me, changing the way I see things. I came here to give 100%, but I now feel that this is no longer possible and therefore I have decided to step back for the good of everyone involved.
“I’d like to thank Rocco Commisso and his wonderful family, Joe Barone and Daniele Prade, who have always been right behind the team and me. Most of all, though, I want to thank the people of Florence, who I know will understand.
“I’m aware that this could be the end of my career as a coach, but I have no regrets and don’t wish to have any. The world I’ve been a part of for my whole life probably isn’t right for me anymore – I no longer see myself in it.
“I’ve certainly changed, but the world is moving faster than I thought too. That’s why I believe the time has come for me to stop being swept along, stop for a while and rediscover my true self once again.”
Prandelli – who has managed several clubs across Italy including Roma and Parma in addition to stints overseas with Galatasaray, Valencia and Al-Nasr – leaves Fiorentina sitting 14th in Serie A, seven points clear of the relegation zone with 10 matches left to play this season after Sunday’s 3-2 home defeat by AC Milan.
In an earlier release, Fiorentina said: “Fiorentina can confirm that Cesare Prandelli has resigned as Fiorentina coach.
“Prandelli offered his resignation on Tuesday and – with great sadness – the club has accepted his decision, acknowledging that the reasons behind this go beyond football.
“Over the past few months, Prandelli has given everything as coach, showing once again the deep bond that links him to Fiorentina and the city of Florence.
“President Rocco Commisso, the senior management, the squad and all the Fiorentina fans would like to thank Prandelli and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours, both personally and professionally.”