‘Anxiety’ over Kim + Spalletti departures…Napoli, who won title after 33 years, decide to sack Garcia → already in talks with successor
Napoli, last season’s league champions, are faltering.
“Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has decided to dismiss head coach Rudi Garcia,” Football Italia reported on March 13 (KST). Napoli recently lost 0-1 to Empoli. The fans booed Garcia and the club decided to fire him. President Laurentiis is already in talks with coach Igor Tudor,” the report said.
Napoli had one of their best seasons ever last season. They lost a number of key players ahead of last season. The core of the defense, Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne, and Kalidou Koulibaly all left. Mertens and Insigne led the attack, while Koulibaly was a longtime resource in Napoli’s defense.
Replacements have arrived one after another. On the offensive side of the ball, they brought in Hvitsa Kvarachelia. The club also brought in Giacomo Raspadori and Giovanni Simeone (on loan). Koulibaly’s replacement was Kim Min-jae. After completing his first season in Europe with Turkkiye, Kim made the jump to the big leagues for €18 million (approximately KRW 25.4 billion).
The move paid off. Both Kvarachelia and Kim made the most of their debut seasons. Kvarachelia scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 34 appearances in the Italian Serie A. He established himself as a key attacking duo with Victor Osimhen (26 goals and four assists in 32 games). Kim Min-jae also played 35 Serie A games in the absence of Koulibaly, providing solid defense.
Behind their performances, Napoli surged to the top of the league early in the season and eventually won the Serie A title, their first in 33 years since the 1989-90 season. However, after the title, a major change occurred. Luciano Spalletti, the coach who led them to the title, was relieved of his duties, and Cristiano Giuntulli left the club.
There were no major departures from the squad. Kim Min-jae left for Bayern Munich, but Osimhen, Kvarachelia, Piotr Zielinski, Andre-Frank Zambo Andre Anguissa, and Giovanni Di Lorenzo all stayed. The squad has been supplemented with the likes of Jesper Lindstrom and Natan, and Garcia has replaced Spalletti as head coach.
Napoli are currently in fourth place in Serie A this season with six wins, three draws, and three losses in 12 games. It’s not the worst result, but it’s a far cry from where they were last season. As a result, Napoli have decided to fire Garcia. Currently, Tudor and Fabio Cannavaro are among the candidates for the job 아톰카지노.