Napoli Test the Waters for a Few Potential Managers

Napoli were blindsided by Luciano Spalletti’s decision to leave but will have a few weeks to identify their next coach. President Aurelio De Laurentiis has inquired about a few options and is evaluating the pros and cons of each.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Luis Enrique has become a serious candidate. He uses 4-3-3, and his style is similar to Maurizio Sarri and the current boss. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a free agent. The chairman wouldn’t mind hiring a foreign coach with an international flair. Moreover, he’s already familiar with Serie A.

Napoli reportedly reached out to Bayern Munich to probe Julian Nagelsmann. However, even though he has been fired, his €10M release clause is still valid. His contract runs through 2026. His name has been checked off the list.

The owner will make an attempt to lure Antonio Conte, whose hiring would be instrumental in keeping their core players. His high wages could be an issue, though. Plus, there are some tactical reservations, but he utilized 4-2-4 early in his career.

Vincenzo Italiano, Thiago Motta, and Gian Piero Gasperini are on the Napoli shortlist too, but they would have to negotiate with their respective teams. Per Il Fatto Quotidiano, De Laurentiis reached out to Roberto De Zerbi, but he doesn’t want to leave Brighton.

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