Luciano Spalletti has been confirmed as the new head coach of Napoli. This was made known by the club who released an official statement on Saturday morning. The 62-year-old manager will replace Gennaro Gattuso who parted ways with the club after finishing fifth in the 2020/21 season.
Spalletti returns to management after being out of work since May 2019 after he was fired by Inter Milan. Although he failed to win a title with Inter, he led them to back-to-back finishes in the top four in Serie A.
The 2018 Champions League qualification was the Nerazzurri’s first in 6 years. Spalletti also played his part as Roma’s boss by helping them win consecutive Coppa Italia titles between 2005 and 2009.
It can be recalled that he made the return to the Stadio Olimpico for the 2016/17 season after a successful 5-year trophy-laden spell with Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.
The Italian tactician won two league titles with Zenit in 2010 and 2012. He also helped them to win the Russian Cup in 2010 as well as the Russian Super Cup the following year.
The Italian manager has won some notable accolades in his managerial career and one of such was in the 2005/06 and 2006.07 seasons when he was named the Serie A Coach of the Year.
The statement of his appointment was released by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis on his official Twitter account on Saturday morning, disclosing that Spalletti would be leading them next season.
“I am pleased to announce that Luciano Spalletti will be the new Napoli coach starting from next July 1st,” the statement read.
“Welcome Luciano, we are going to do great work together.“
His appointment comes less than a week after Gattuso left due to his failure to secure Champions League football for next season.
Napoli entered into the final matchday of the season in control of their destiny but shockingly drew 1 all at home to Hellas Verona, allowing Juventus to seal the last qualification spot on the log.
Gattuso has since gone on to succeed Guiseppe Iachini at Fiorentina.