Hypothesis of Conte to Napoli Appears Amid Garcia Snag

The situation in the Napoli camp hasn’t been all pretty since the start of the season, as the Partenopei’s new tenure under Rudi Garcia has failed to garner the necessary results. Most recently, issues have popped up between the French coach and star duo Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Victor Osimhen, and chief Aurelio De Laurentiis is said to have scouted the possibility of hiring a new manager this early in the season.

As per La Gazzetta dello Sport (via TuttoNapoli), the hypothesis of hiring Antonio Conte has emerged among the Partenopei brass. However, Conte is reportedly not convinced of the structure established at the club, especially with the team hooked onto the 4-3-3 formation. The ex-Inter tactician is a huge follower of using a three-man defense in a 3-5-2 setting.

The Lecce-born manager has never shunned away talk of coaching Napoli one day, most recently telling Neapolitan journalist Paolo Esposito: “I assure you that I would go there on foot, it is an important team and a beautiful city. Then again, I am from the South.” (via Calciomercato)

There is no issue to shake up the formation in the event of Garcia’s departure, but it is highly unlikely De Laurentiis will take such a drastic step, especially so early in the season.

Apart from Conte, several other names have also been linked to Napoli, including ex-Marseille coaches Igor Tudor and Marcelino, Zinedine Zidane, Christophe Galtier and Marcelo Gallardo.

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