Napoli chief Aurelio De Laurentiis has revealed the names of a number of tacticians he has spoken to about replacing Walter Mazzarri.
The latter confirmed at the end of the Serie A season that he would be leaving the outfit and the Azzurri supremo admits he’s been looking for a new Coach for some time.
“I offered Mazzarri a two-year deal, but I immediately started evaluating my options,” De Laurentiis stated on Wednesday.
“I’ve been looking into this for months because I knew that Mazzarri would leave.
“I have spoken to Rafael Benitez [Chelsea], Manuel Pellegrini [Malaga], Roberto Di Matteo, Jurgen Klopp [Borussia Dortmund] who told me he was unavailable until 2016, Laurent Blanc and Didier Deschamps [France].
“I also spoke to all of the available Italians, I even thought of Diego Lopez but I didn’t want to be rude to [Cagliari President] Massimo Cellino…
“I’ve contacted a lot of Coaches because I wanted to understand the feeling between ourselves. Anyway, the Coach only makes 15 per cent of the difference.”
De Laurentiis last night claimed that the new tactician’s name begins with the letter M, today he spoke of the characteristics needed.
“The new Coach has to love Neapolitan-ness, he has to start speaking in Napolitano,” the movie mogul continued.
“I’m going to London tomorrow and I’ll return to Italy on June 16, but it won’t take long to announce the new Coach.”