Napoli reappoint Mazzarri to replace Garcia
Napoli have reappointed Walter Mazzarri as manager after sacking Rudi Garcia. Frenchman Garcia, 59, took over from Luciano Spalletti in the summer shortly after the Italian guided the Partenopei to their first Serie A title for 33 years.
But the champions suffered their third league defeat of the season against Empoli on Sunday and they have now turned to former boss Mazzarri, who managed them between 2009 and 2013.
Announcing his return, chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis said on X, formerly known as Twitter: “Welcome back Walter!”
Mazzarri, 62, has been out work since leaving Cagliari in 2022, having also spent time in charge of Inter Milan and Watford.
He led the club to second place in Serie A in 2012-13 and also won the Coppa Italia during his time in Naples.
The soap opera around the new Naples coach will have been much more complicated than expected. In a sober press release published this Tuesday, Napoli announced the departure of Rudi Garcia.
“Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli has decided to revoke the role of Mr. Rudi Garcia as technical director of the first team.
After the official dismissal of the French coach, five months after his arrival in Campania, the management of Napoli had made Croatian coach Igor Tudor, without a bench since his hasty departure from Olympique de Marseille, a priority.
But after a contractual disagreement, Aurelio De Laurentiis, the president of the Gli Azzurri, opted for another option, Walter Mazzarri (62 years old).
“Walter Mazzarri is the new coach of Naples. Welcome Sir !”, is written in the post published on X by the official account of the Campania club.
Close to Aurelio De Laurentiis and the Napoli environment, the Italian manager will make his return to the reigning Italian Champion, he who started as an assistant in Naples before taking the reins of the team between 2009 and 2013 and winning an Italian Cup there in 2012.
Defending last season’s title already looks unlikely, with fourth-placed Napoli 10 points adrift of leaders Inter. The favorite of recent hours has finally been enthroned at the head of Napoli.
Arresting their home slump will be a key issue to address for the Italian, with Napoli on a five-game winless run at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in all competitions.