Napoli surprised the pundits by appointing Mauro Meluso, but they had an even more outside-of-the-box idea to fill their opening, as they had reached out to Cittadella director Stefano Marchetti. However, he preferred staying at the team he’s been helming for a long time, Gianluca Di Marzio informs (via Il Mattino).
The exec confirmed directly during an event to celebrate the 50 years of the club. He spent half a day with Aurelio De Laurentiis at the HQ of his company.
“It was the first time I met him in person. Though, he confided to me that my name had been circulating in his entourage for ten years. I was flattered, but I told him that I have very strong ties here. I owe everything to the Gabrielli family. It gave me the strength to make me feel like myself.”
In addition, Marchetti turned Napoli down because of the timing. He was reluctant to leave Cittadella during the transfer market window, the publication informs. Moreover, he wouldn’t have had as much autonomy.
At that point, the owner inquired about a few candidates but quickly zeroed in on Meluso. He came in with a very affordable two-year contract.
Our Take on Napoli and Marchetti
They pretty clearly wanted a consummate professional regardless of his top-team experience. They got one although probably not their option. Their MO is unlikely to change much compared to recent years.
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