Wednesday May 23 2018
Official: Napoli part with Sarri

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has formally parted company with Maurizio Sarri after agreeing terms with Carlo Ancelotti.

“I thank Maurizio Sarri for his precious dedication to Calcio Napoli that allowed us to give the city and all Azzurri fans over the world prestige and emotions, creating a style of football admired everywhere and by everyone.

“Bravo Maurizio.

“Aurelio De Laurentiis.”

That was the brief Twitter message that the President posted this evening to effectively sack Sarri.

The Coach had been undecided about his future, but after last night’s three-hour summit with Ancelotti, De Laurentiis effectively took matters into his own hands.

Chelsea and Zenit St Petersburg are ready to welcome Sarri, but he could decide to take a year out.

Sarri finished second in Serie A this season, setting a new all-time club points record of 91.

He also became the first tactician to manage over 90 Serie A points without winning the Scudetto.

The 59-year-old took over in June 2015 and had an average of 2.16 points per game, with 98 competitive victories, 25 draws and 25 defeats.

His team were immensely entertaining to watch, scoring 318 goals and conceding 143.

If Sarri has indeed been fired, it would lend credence to an interesting report that was doing the rounds yesterday.

It was theorised that not only was there a release clause worth €8m in Sarri’s contract, but also one allowing Napoli to cut it short by May 31 for €0.5m.