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Napoli set to fire head coach ahead of UCL fixture against Barcelona

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In response to studies, Serie A champions Napoli are set to interchange their head coach for the second time within the 2023/2024 season.

Napoli, the defending champion within the Italian league, is dealing with the opportunity of a second teaching change this season as they put together to tackle Barcelona within the Champions League spherical of 16 on Wednesday. Studies from Italian media recommend that coach Walter Mazzarri is likely to be dismissed earlier than the primary leg, following a disappointing 1-1 draw in opposition to Genoa on Saturday.

Mazzarri took over from Rudi Garcia in November, however Napoli’s efficiency below his administration has been underwhelming, accumulating solely 15 factors in 12 Serie A matches, a document worse than his predecessor. Garcia was relieved of his duties after securing 21 factors from 12 matches, with Napoli in fourth place, trailing league chief Inter Milan by 10 factors. Presently, Napoli finds itself in ninth place, 27 factors behind Inter and out of the European qualifying positions.

The staff, as soon as a formidable drive that clinched the Serie A title final season, has struggled to copy its earlier success. Garcia had succeeded Luciano Spalletti, the title-winning coach, who left for a year-long sabbatical earlier than being appointed because the coach of Italy’s nationwide staff following Roberto Mancini’s resignation. Francesco Calzona, a former assistant to Spalletti and a popular candidate for the Napoli job, had departed Napoli in 2022 to develop into Slovakia’s coach.

Calzona, who performed a big function in Napoli’s teaching workers from 2015-18 throughout Maurizio Sarri’s tenure, is ready to be appointed till the top of the season, as per Italian media. Curiously, he’s anticipated to proceed his duties as Slovakia’s coach concurrently. Calzona, aged 55, performed a key function in Slovakia’s qualification for the upcoming European Championship, marking his first stint as a head coach.

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