New Twists and Turns in the Napoli Coaching Search

Napoli are regrouping after failing to sway one of their preferred options to replace Luciano Spalletti, Luis Enrique, at least for the time being. President Aurelio De Laurentiis is playing on multiple tables. There doesn’t appear to be a clear favorite just yet.

Per La Repubblica (via Virgilio), the candidacy of Sergio Conceiçao is losing steam. There’s an eight-digit release clause in his deal with Porto. His agent Jorge Mendes could potentially take care of it, but the Azzurri have tactical reservations as well. He’s receiving interest from other teams too.

Napoli have resumed considering Julian Nagelsmann despite his contractual situation, which is similar to the Portuguese gaffer even though he was fired midway through the season. Bayern Munich turning to Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who has an excellent relationship with De Laurentiis, could help them out.

Rafa Benitez continues to be a viable fallback plan because he left on good terms, Corriere dello Sport informs. According to AS (via Tuttomercatoweb), Marcelino is a fresh entry in the shortlist, as the Azzurri have an affinity for Spanish coaches. He’s currently without a team but has a few suitors.

Our Take on Napoli

The reports are all over the place, and a late coup de theatre can never be ruled out with them. They should opt for a young but already established manager with a proactive style. Their squad proved to be coachable and can still be molded. Nagelsmann, although his cost could be a hindrance, and Vincenzo Italiano make the most sense, while the grittier Conceiçao doesn’t fit their style.

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