- Dismissal: Naples dispenses with Ancelotti
The Italian coach Gennaro Gattuso has officially become the new coach of Naples on Wednesday, replacing Carlo Ancelotti , dismissed Tuesday at the last minute after qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The dismissal of Ancelotti had come because of the poor results in the last two months, with the seventh team in the Serie A. Not even that ticket for the final rounds of the Champions League has mitigated the tension, as several players and the coaching staff they disagreed with some decisions of the club president, Aurelio De Laurentiis .
"All my thanks to the club, its employees, my players, my staff and the president for the opportunity I had to live a great experience in a wonderful city like Naples. FUERZA NÁPOLES ALWAYS", commented Ancelotti himself in his social networks.
Thus, 'Rino' Gattuso has landed in the Neapolitan team after having terminated his contract as coach of AC Milan last spring. With him at the controls, the rossonero box finished last season in fifth place in Serie A and without access to the 2019/20 Champions. " Ancelotti is like a father to me , in all these years he has always been close to me and has always helped me. He has won everything, I still have to prove a lot," Gattuso said at a press conference, after his First training with Naples. "The goal is to score points and improve in the table to qualify for the next Champions League," said the coach before adding that "it generates sadness" to see Naples in this situation.
The celestial team had chained nine games without winning until last Tuesday they beat Genk (4-0) , sealing their continuity in the top European competition. His next appointment will be next Saturday before Parma, already with Gattuso on the bench, on the sixteenth league day.
" This team has the potential to be among the first four in the league, " Gattuso continued during the press conference. "I have met a team that knows the moment it is going through and wants to get ahead," added Rino. "I am not afraid of anything. I have the possibility of working with high-level people. Now I want to get results," he said. "The perception of Naples abroad is much larger than they imagine," concluded Gattuso.
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