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Official: Napoli confirm Gennaro Gattuso’s replacement

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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has announced Gennaro Gattuso’s successor as the club’s next manager.

Luciano Spalletti has replaced Gennaro Gattuso as Napoli manager for next season.

The 62-year-old returns to the dugout two years after leaving Inter Milan at the end of the 2018/19 season. He takes over from the departed Gattuso in a bid to help return the club to the Champions League.

Aurelio De Laurentiis took no time at all to confirm a new manager after announcing Gattuso’s exit last weekend.

“I am delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti will become Napoli coach on 1 July,” the club’s president said in a statement.

“Welcome, Luciano – we’ll do great work together.”

Spalletti brings a wealth of experience with him to Napoli. Aside from a four-and-a-half-year spell in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg, he has spent most of his coaching career in Italy.

The two-time Serie A Coach of the Year has previously managed Empoli, Sampdoria, Venezia, Udinese, Ancona, Roma, and Inter Milan.