Luciano Spalletti is BACK in Serie A as ex-Inter boss is appointed as new Napoli manager after Gennaro Gattuso was dropped for missing Champions League qualification
- Luciano Spalletti has been out of work since he was fired by Inter Milan in 2019
- Napoli retired from Gennaro Gattuso earlier this week after finishing fifth in Serie A.
- Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed Spalletti’s appointment in a club statement
- The 62-year-old won back-to-back Coppa Italia titles with Roma in 2006-2008
Napoli has appointed Luciano Spalletti as their new manager and will take over in July following Gennaro Gattuso’s resignation.
The 62-year-old has been out of work since being eliminated by Inter Milan in May 2019, despite leading them to a Champions League spot in his two seasons at the club.
Italian legend Gattuso was sacked last weekend after Napoli’s 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona sent them to the Europa League next season.
Napoli has appointed Luciano Spalletti as their new manager and will take over in July
The 62-year-old has been out of work since he was axed by Inter Milan in May 2019
And Spalletti is now the successor to the former midfielder, with club chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis posting a statement on their official website.
“I am delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti will be the new Napoli coach starting July 1,” said de Laurentiis.
“Welcome Luciano, together we will do a great job.”
Spalletti took trophy without leading Inter Milan, but the club did qualify for the Champions League during both his seasons at San Siro, with 2018 qualifying the first time Inter has qualified in six years.
Gennaro Gattuso (left) was fired last weekend by President Aurelio De Laurentiis (right)
In addition, he previously led fellow Serie A giants Roma to back-to-back Coppa Italia titles between 2006 and 2008.
He also managed Sampdoria and Udinese in Italy and Zenit Saint Petersburg in Russia during his management career, winning the competition with the latter in 2010 and 2012.
The announcement comes just days after De Laurentiis announced the departure of Gattuso – who has since been dubbed Fiorentina’s new boss – on Twitter.
“Dear Rino, I am glad I spent almost two seasons with you. Thank you for your work and I wish you success everywhere. A hug for your wife and children too, ‘wrote De Laurentiis.
Gattuso’s Napoli contract was set to expire in June. Fiorentina finished in 13th place.
Spalletti won back-to-back Coppa Italia trophies with Roma between 2006 and 2008