Napoli Tipped to Make a Run at Atalanta Boss Gasperini

Napoli intend to open a new multi-year cycle and, in addition to chasing Antonio Conte, they will make an attempt for Gian Piero Gasperini. The Azzurri have had three gaffers on their bench after Luciano Spalletti resigned, Rudi Garcia, Walter Mazzarri, and Francesco Calzona.

According to Corriere dello Sport, the Partenopei aren’t certain the Juventus legend will give in to their courtship and want to be ready if he doesn’t. Vincenzo Italiano is the top fallback, but Aurelio De Laurentiis is leaving no stone unturned.

Gasperini was close to taking the Napoli job in 2011, but in the end, the owner preferred sticking with Mazzarri. The Atalanta gaffer seemed close to leaving last summer following a partial American takeover and some tweaks in their management and MO. However, the parties eventually got on the same page. He hasn’t shown any sign of malcontent in recent months. La Dea is still fighting in three different competitions.

Per Il Mattino (via Mediaset), the Partenopei are looking for a coach willing to stay for the long haul and collaborate with Giovanni Manna, who will ink a five-year contract. They will examine Massimiliano Allegri if he doesn’t stay at Juventus.

Our Take on Napoli and Gasperini

The coach has looked re-energized this campaign after the turmoil, when there was probably a chance to poach him. The squad they built afterward fits his tactics like a glove. A few have tried, but nobody has convinced him to leave Bergamo yet. Moreover, the Azzurri roster would need a lot of work.

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