Outspoken Napoli coach steps down.
Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri has announced that he won’t be in charge of the Serie A side next season and the club are expected to approach Rafa Benitez to replace him, according to The Express.
Benitez ended his interim spell at Chelsea with a victory over Everton this weekend and had reportedly instructed his agent to begin the search for a new position for him, and though he had hinted at a preference toward staying in England, the lure of Champions League football may prove too impossible to resist.
The former Liverpool boss had a successful season in west London after leading the club to a Europa League title and Champions League qualification in the face of some heavy fan protest at his appointment in November when he replaced Roberto Di Matteo.
And he has now emerged as a target for Napoli after Walter Mazzarri confirmed his exit this weekend.
“I won’t be the coach of Napoli next season,” Mazzarri told Italian TV network RAI.
“I think I’ve got the most out of this group of players. My cycle at Napoli has ended.”
“They have been four fantastic years, [and] I want to thank the lads and everyone who has been close to me.”
“Napoli is a great club to work at and I’m leaving because I need a new challenge and so do the players.”
Benitez in now the overwhelming favourite with bookmakers to take over the post.