Napoli Line Up Replacement for Embattled Coach Mazzarri

Napoli are on the brink of another coaching change and have zeroed in on Francesco Calzona should they pull the trigger and fire Walter Mazzarri. The potential new manager is helming Slovakia. He has served as Maurizio Sarri and Luciano Spalletti’s lead assistant in the past.

According to Fabrizio Romano (via SOSFanta), the boss accepted the proposal. His federation would allow him to pull double duty until the end of the season. He’ll have a meeting with Aurelio De Laurentiis on Monday. If the parties finalize their agreement, he’ll be appointed before the Barcelona game on Wednesday.

If Calzona took over Napoli, former club legend Marek Hamsik could join him on the bench. The iconic midfielder reportedly convinced him to manage Slovakia solo, Tuttomercatoweb relays. They qualified for Euro 2024 overcoming the odds.

The 55-year-old accompanied Sarri in several stops and also assisted Eusebio Di Francesco at Cagliari. He returned to Campania under Spalletti, tending primarily to the defensive phase. The Azzurri could also reunite with Francesco Sinatti, an acclaimed athletic trainer who’s working for Italy along with their former Scudetto-winning gaffer.

Our Take on Napoli, Mazzarri and Calzona

If, on top of the tactical confusion and questionable lineup choices, the current skipper is losing the locker room as reported, they have no choice. The campaign is already down the drain. Besides hiring Rudi Garcia, the main error was to go with a de facto caretaker manager so early.

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