Spalletti confronts Edo De Laurentiis, Napoli target Gasperini

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti confronted vice president Edoardo De Laurentiis on Sunday and the structure of the training retreat has now changed while Gian Piero Gasperini has become the latest candidate for the job at the Stadio Maradona.

The Partenopei suffered a 3-2 loss at Empoli on Sunday, conceding three goals in the last ten minutes. Napoli had announced a permanent training retreat beginning today, but that has changed already, given that players will work at Castel Volturno, return home, and then regroup again for team dinners.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Spalletti didn’t agree with the training retreat imposed by the club and confronted vice president Edoardo De Laurentiis on the way back to Naples from Tuscany on Sunday.

According to the report, Napoli partially changed their mind on the training retreat also due to difficulties in finding hotels that would welcome the whole team as Naples is full of tourists during these days of public holidays in Italy.

Meantime, President Aurelio De Laurentiis is considering the future of Spalletti and will make a decision at the end of the season. There’s fear that the coach can no longer handle the team, but sacking him after just one season would cost Napoli circa €6m.

The Tuscan tactician signed a two-year deal last summer with an option to extend for two more seasons. Roberto De Zerbi and Vincenzo Italiano have been linked with the Napoli job, but Gian Piero Gasperini is also a candidate for the role if Spalletti is sacked at the end of the campaign.

8 Comments on “Spalletti confronts Edo De Laurentiis, Napoli target Gasperini”

  1. Gasperini will not be accepted. This is the man that has insulted Neopolitans and those from the South for years. He is not welcome ever In Naples.

  2. I’m not sure what Napoli were expecting this season.

    Spalletti wasn’t a top coach when he joined, and their squad is wafer thin. Look at the reserves – not a whole lot of quality there.

    It’s amazing they lasted the pace this long, and that was mainly down to the fact they rest are as average as they are.

  3. even guardiola will confront ADL for this dumb retreat idea. this is not military training and its football club. instead encouraging player they punish player. its happened many times with sarri, ancelotti, gattuso now spaletti. ADL is ruining napoli.

  4. @Dario totally agree don’t want that bigot anywhere near us. I do have to admit ADL needs to calm down, this team couldn’t have achieved more.

  5. Ferban, Pioli wasn’t a top coach when he joined Milan and if Napoli‘s squad is “wafer thin” then Milan’s is translucent. Yet Pioli has them on the cusp if a title. Sometimes a club is it’s own worst enemy.

  6. Kind of silly to blame Spalletti for the teams failure at end of season, worse yet to think that a retreat will help. Spalletti is defending his team and they should be proud of his leadership, as i said the team missed Koulibaly, Ospina,& DiLorenzo and the replacements are just that. They do not need Gasparini who is flaiing at Atalanta, though constantly heaped with praise by the media, if it is true that he has criticized southern Italians he should not only not coach Napoli but not manage anywhere. As for now his team sits 13 points behind Napoli and is in danger of not even making the EL.

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