Some intriguing news from Italy’s never-ending manager’s carousel. We had previously covered this topic in detail and still today, there are several open positions at Serie A clubs. Interestingly, Napoli have now announced a rather unexpected appointment, with former Empoli manager Maurizio Sarri taking over. The Italian had only recently handed in his resignation, after steering Empoli clear of relegation, and he was certainly not thought to be a top candidate at Napoli, where Rafa Benitez refused to renew his contract to join Real Madrid.
For Sarri, this represents the greatest opportunity of his life, especially given that last season was his first Serie A campaign. The 56-year old only ever managed clubs in the lower leagues and eventually guided Tuscan side Empoli to promotion from Serie B, retaining top-flight status this season. This is certainly not the type of appointment Napoli fans had hoped for and ultimately, it seems like a project rather than a statement of intent. On the other hand, Sarri’s lack of credentials might reduce the pressure, with experts probably predicting a short tenure.
Whilst Napoli and Sampdoria have new managers, Milan, Fiorentina and Empoli will be next in line to make announcements over the coming days. The attention is in northern Italy and we will keep you posted.