Gennaro Gattuso has been appointed as a new trainer by Napoli on Wednesday. The 41-year-old Italian is the successor to Carlo Ancelotti, who was fired on Tuesday.
For Gattuso it will be his second trainer job at the highest level. Previously he was a coach of AC Milan, the club for which he spent most of his player career.
The 71-time Italian international spoke with great respect about his predecessor during his presentation in Naples. "Ancelotti is like a father to me. He has been close to me for years and has helped me in many situations. He has already won everything, while I still have so much to prove."
Gattuso has a clear goal with Napoli this season. "The goal is to get a place in the competition that gives the right to participate in the Champions League," said the new coach of the current number seven in the Serie A.
"That is only possible if we work hard. If we do that, the points will come naturally. That way we can get out of this situation and look up again. The current position of Napoli in the rankings causes shame."
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Ancelotti dismissed CL shortly after placement of eighth finals
Ancelotti was fired on Tuesday-evening after the 4-0 win at KRC Genk as a coach in Naples. The sixty-year-old coach was under fire for some time with the powerful club chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis.
Ancelotti and De Laurentiis, for example, had a conflict about a training camp. The chairman demanded that the selection go to a training camp in a somewhat remote area at the beginning of November, but the players did not like it. Ancelotti was also against it, although he came back to it later.
Because of the victory at Genk, Napoli qualified for the eighth finals in the Champions League on Tuesday. The club finished second in group E, behind defending champion Liverpool.