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Napoli will reportedly propose a mutual contract termination with manager Rudi Garcia at a meeting on Wednesday.
It follows previous reports in which chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis reportedly admitted that he has a ‘bad’ time with the French manager.
Garcia, who previously coached Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr side, only joined Napoli in June after replacing Luciano Spalletti.
While Spalletti guided them to their first league title in three decades, they have made a slow start this season under Garcia and sit fifth in the standings, seven points behind leaders AC Milan.
La Repubblicathrough Tutto Mercato Webhave reported that De Laurentiis will meet Garcia later today at Castel Volturno and propose a mutual termination of his contract.
Napoli boss Rudi Garcia appears to be closing in on the exit door after just ten games in charge
Chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis will reportedly propose a mutual contract termination
The reigning Serie A title holders have started the season slowly and sit fifth in the table
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This would save Napoli the termination fee on his contract and protect Garcia’s image rather than him being sacked after just 10 games in charge. The possibility of Garcia resigning is seen as the least likely possibility.
According to La RepubblicaDe Laurentiis said: ‘I feel bad for him. I am an entrepreneur and I have to be interested in what is happening within the company. The coach and the sports director are ready to assist you.
‘I will make the right decisions at the right time. The environment has no influence on me, you should always take the time to think.’
He added: ‘If you hire a coach who no longer knows Italian football, it is normal that you struggle, the same would have happened to anyone.
‘There is no point in blaming newcomers, football is not like a building under construction that won’t collapse if you are sure it is well built.
Antonio Conte is keen to return to management and is open to a conversation with De Laurentiis
“Apart from the fact that I chose him, my only responsibility is that I could not stay close to him every day in Castel Volturno.”
Antonio Conte is seen as the clear favorite and is keen to take the job, having reportedly been considered for the role before it was handed to Garcia.
Conte is believed to be keen to return to management, and is also reportedly open to meeting with officials from De Laurentiis and Napoli to discuss the project at the Partenopei and see if an agreement can be reached soon.
Napoli set the tone in Italy last season and have only won four of their first eight games in Serie A this season, losing two and drawing two.
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