Napoli Announce the Return of Mazzarri on the Bench

Walter Mazzarri is back on the Napoli bench ten years after his departure. The Italian boss pipped Igor Tudor at the post, accepting a shorter contract than the colleague, satisfying Aurelio De Laurentiis’ request, Corriere della Sera informs.

The Napoli owner wants to have his hands free in picking a coach next summer when the pool will be larger. In the meantime, he sacked Rudi Garcia following a disastrous start. The French managed got the job after a lengthy search, but the Azzurri have struggled out of the gate, and he hasn’t been able to sort out their problems. The pedestrian showing versus Empoli was the final straw.

Mazzarri will attempt to bring Napoli back into title contention. They have already accumulated a ten-point deficit from Inter. The gaffer had alluded to the possibility of a return in an interview about a month ago. The Partenopei were focusing on Antonio Conte at the time and then gave Garcia more time.

The Tuscan tactician took a seven-month deal, during which he’ll try to convince the president to keep him aboard.

Our Take on Napoli and Mazzarri

While their options were scarce, it’s still an underwhelming choice, as his style of football is opposite to Luciano Spalletti’s. Their start proves that they need a strong leader with clear ideas in the dugout. Tudor would have been that, despite some legitimate reservations. Instead, De Laurentiis went with comfort, and the choice is unlikely to turn their fortunes around.

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