Napoli Fixated on Pair of Young Coaches for the Future

Walter Mazzarri got his second win since taking over Napoli against Sporting Braga, securing the qualification to the Champions League’s knockout stage.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the returning gaffer, who inked a one-year contract, will have a chance to earn a longer one if he finishes in the top four. The Azzurri dropped out of it following the losses against Juventus and Inter. Their schedule will get easier in the coming weeks.

While Mazzarri isn’t totally out of the running, president Aurelio De Laurentiis is mulling two future candidates in particular, Vincenzo Italiano and Raffaele Palladino. Napoli have long admired the Fiorentina skipper. He has more years on his contract, though.

The deal of the Monza manager expires at the end of the season. As he did in the past, he’ll wait until the last moment to eventually pen an extension. However, a few other top-tier teams are monitoring his growth.

Our Take on Napoli, Mazzarri, Italiano, and Palladino

The future of the current boss might hinge on the alternatives and whether they could lure somebody more enticing. It’s uncertain whether he’d be willing to wait for the carousel. Perhaps he’ll rehab his reputation enough to land another juicy job before the Azzurri decide. They’ll hire the Fiorentina coach if they can, but they’ll have to go through his club. The Monza gaffer has all the right traits. However, he has never used 4-3-3 and might not be so malleable at the start of his career.

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