Mazzarri Gaining Ground on Tudor for the Napoli Job

Just as Igor Tudor seemed on the verge of being hired, Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has decided to give Walter Mazzarri a chance to plead his case. Their former coach would accept a contract until the end of the season, unlike the former Olympique Marseille manager, Gianluca Di Marzio reports.

The president will meet with his former gaffer on Tuesday. The two are on good terms, and he’s more familiar with the environment. The choice between the two managers should arrive by the end of the day. The squad will return to practice on Wednesday.

Mazzarri previously helmed Napoli from 2009 to 2013. He qualified for the Champions League twice, finishing second in his final campaign and on the outside looking in on two occasions. He collected 89 victories, 50 draws, and 48 losses.

The Tuscan boss spent time at Inter, Watford, Torino, and Cagliari after leaving Campania. He couldn’t contribute to saving the Sardinians in his last stop and was fired in May after taking over in September after picking up 27 points in 32 matches.

Our Take on Napoli and Mazzarri

Tudor’s directness can rub people the wrong way, plus there are some economic and ulterior factors at stake. De Laurentiis seems to prefer a short-term solution to go after a big name or an up-and-comer next summer. But it’s way too early to give up on the season.

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