Sunday March 31 2013
Di Canio for Napoli!

Napoli need a Coach for whom concept of losing does not exist. Dave Taylor believes Paolo Di Canio is the man. 

Despite the thrilling but fairly laboured win against Torino, it seems Napoli could do with freshening up. And with Coach Walter Mazzarri refusing to confirm or deny that he will stay next season, it’s all getting a rather tedious. He certainly hasn’t endeared himself to many fans with reports claiming he is tempted by exciting new adventures elsewhere. Certainly if that is the case, there won’t be many mourning his departure.  

Meanwhile reports suggest Napoli are interested in replacing him and have shortlisted several Coaches including Mircea Lucescu, who spoke a lot of sense when he suggested Napoli need a younger man. “I don’t think I am suited to the Napoli bench any more, as that job needs a young Coach with a lot of enthusiasm, whereas I would just bring experience,” said the Shakhtar Donetsk tactician.

He is right and in particular there is one young, extremely enthusiastic and almost home-grown Coach available who hasn’t been mentioned and he might just suit Napoli down to the ground. Step forward Paolo Di Canio, one ex-player who was always controversial, tricky with the ball, stood up for himself and always got the blood racing.  

Certainly his craziness on the field and his controversial political beliefs off it make him an extraordinarily contentious choice. Yet he has played for Napoli and understands the emotions of the fans while also possessing that blend of intuition, initiative and cunning that is respected in Naples.

Most Napoli fans are tired of Mazzarri shrugging off another wretched performance as if it is the last thing anyone should be worried about. After a while his excuses no longer stand up to scrutiny. No-one wants to hear tired old clichés like: “The boys put up a good show,” and “we should have had a penalty,” or his usual stand-by of luck not going their way. After the Torino match he had the nerve to say if this was last year we would only be three points behind Juventus, trying to put a positive spin on lost opportunities.

Winning sides aren’t built on the acquiescence of failure, nor are they constructed around the fact that they’re going to be second best or that luck can play a significant part.

No, they’re built in a mirror reflection of the fans wishes. No one who supports Napoli should accept the mediocrity of the last few months. You won’t find Di Canio metaphorically shrugging his shoulders like an Italian teenager after being involved in a car crash, the way Mazzarri does. No, what you will get from Paolo is rage and fury, a determination to put things right and you just know that when he gets back to the dressing room someone will pay.

As a player and lately as successful manager of Swindon, he approached every game as if it was a cup final and never even thought about the likelihood of not winning, a concept completely alien to him.  

Like Di Canio, Napoli fans are unwilling to accept mediocrity and if they don’t win, it just isn’t good enough. End of story. Di Canio will have the players so fired up that they will be afraid to go in at half-time if they haven’t put in the effort.

In truth Di Canio has probably more issues than Diego Maradona, yet I really think Napoli could use a little of his explosive nature to explode some of the apathy around the club. What’s the worst that could happen? The return of Maradona? Now there is an idea for a Dream Team: Diego and Di Canio.

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Have your say...
I've seen Maradona mentioned a few times... you people realize he has an outstanding tax debt and isn't allowed back in the country? He wasn't even able to attend the Napoli-Juve game in March even though he was already in Italy for a court hearing.
on the 3rd April, 2013 at 5:05pm
di canio?? whahaha they guy is crazy he broke into his own office at Swindon town when he was sacked there!!! he in no way will be a great manager!! a fantastic club like Napoli deserves lot better! Hope Mazzari will stay and then again a new face would be nice to give the talented youngsters more chance insigne,fernandez
on the 2nd April, 2013 at 9:06pm
You are absolutely right,Maradonamac10,looking at the statistics why would DeLaurentis change a coach with that perfomance..only Montella & Petkovic can continue the project at naples,but then I'm a viola fan & I forbid that to happen..DiCanio,even though he's at sunderland now would be a step backwards for italian football now.looking at the Rossi/Ljajic touchline brawl..imajin what a DiCanio would have a footballer, a coach,lord have mercy!!
on the 2nd April, 2013 at 4:07pm
Lets all jump on the band wagon and demand that Paolo never ever works again and in fact is strung up for his opinions. I have worked, Played football and been great friends with people whose opinions do not agree with mine but they still made great team mates, workman & a friends that would do anything for me. Anyway someones political views do change over the years and his past should not matter
on the 2nd April, 2013 at 3:05pm
Jürgen Klopp wont come to Napoli he is at a bigger club in a stronger league would be a backward step for him, Napoli should re-hire Reja or maybe look at Udinese manager cant remember his name.
on the 2nd April, 2013 at 1:47pm
Maradona would never team up with that fascist Di Canio. Diego is a far leftist, the two would never get on together. Moreover, Di Canio is the last thing calcio needs right now. Racism has no place in football and Di Canio's extreme right beliefs are never far from bro-nazi and racist beliefs. I hope he never returns to the peninsula.
on the 2nd April, 2013 at 7:16am
di canio. what, why?! napoli needs, wants and deserves a manager of a higher caliber. time will tell who it will be. too bad mazzarri will not stay. but there are quit a few serie a tacticians to consider. montella, rossi, allegri, pioli, de carlo, ferrara, mangia etc etc... we will all see what happens this summer. in the mean time, i'm just looking forward to an exciting finish to serie a!
on the 1st April, 2013 at 3:25pm
Edy Reja another good choice methinks IF Mazzarri leaves.
on the 1st April, 2013 at 2:41pm
i wud replace Mazzari only for Jürgen Klopp else Mazza is just fine
this Napoli team just needs a lil' touch up to achieve important milestones
on the 1st April, 2013 at 2:38pm
@maradonamac... because mazzari wants to leave... hes not as passionate as last campain... he has great systems but we need a new coach. Di matteo
on the 1st April, 2013 at 1:14pm
Too late, mate. Sunderland grabbed him first and with two and a half season contract.

Vladimir Petkovic would be best for Napoli. His salary in Lazio is only 600,000 euro. De Laurentis will have no problem to double or even triple it.
on the 1st April, 2013 at 12:57pm
Maradona as a coach at the 2010 world cup didn't go exactly as planned now did it.

Like Suffolk said, Di Canio has always been a big fish in a small pond, reason why he never lasted long in Italy and will forever remain in England.
on the 1st April, 2013 at 9:35am
I can see why Sunderland have appointed Di Canio. Their players need a kick up the backside & Di Canio will light a fire under them. As for Napoli, I'd look at someone like Guidolin or Dellio Rossi. Guidolin has worked wonders at Udinese, considering the fact that each year, he loses his star players. Out of left-field, what about Zeman? He'd show more faith in Insigne for a start. He wouldn't be my first choice, but he'd certainly make an interesting appointment.
on the 1st April, 2013 at 9:15am
Di Canio needs to be a big fish in a small pond. He is to much of a risk. Had he been given the chance when Napoli where on the way the way up the the risk was lower. Napoli are at present CL material and I feel like most clubs they are off Juves pace at the moment so he could only go one way down hill. Thiswould be a disater for him. Saying that not sure Sunderland is the right move for him but at least for the rest of this season the only expectation is to avoid the drop. Good Luck Paolo
on the 1st April, 2013 at 8:56am
This would have been awesome...
on the 1st April, 2013 at 8:16am
3 Napoli 38 21 7 10 59 39 +20 70pts (Qualify for CL)

5 Napoli 38 16 13 9 66 46 +20 61pts (Win Itainan Cup) (1/4 F CL)

2 Napoli 30 17 8 5 55 29 +16 59pts (Challenging for Scudetto)

Why do Napoli need a new Coach again folks?
on the 1st April, 2013 at 3:38am
Don't see an article regarding Alegri at Milan? Surly a club like Milan are under more pressure, and also underneath and in worse shape than Napoli.

Mazzarri is safe and will be there again next season.
on the 1st April, 2013 at 1:29am
His Fascist leanings not a problem, right?
on the 1st April, 2013 at 1:16am
Impossible he works for sunderland...
on the 31st March, 2013 at 10:42pm
Too late now.
on the 31st March, 2013 at 10:30pm
Di Canio Err..dont think so!
Mazzarri will stay but if he were to go Montella or Pioli would be a good choice for me. Let's wait and see.
on the 31st March, 2013 at 10:05pm
If anything, Napoli need an upgrade, or someone on the same level as Mazzari but would be able to add something new to their game, not take a risk on someone who is hardly a proven coach. With all respect Mr. Taylor, but your suggestion is more suitable to what an English fan wants, someone riling up the troops, but this is not what Mazzari is lacking. If Napoli want to abandon the Mazzari project then they must look for someone experienced who can build on the past achievements, not reverse it.
on the 31st March, 2013 at 9:31pm
Announced as Sunderland manager as soon as this was released.
on the 31st March, 2013 at 8:54pm
Too much of a Lazio man to go there I think
on the 31st March, 2013 at 8:40pm
If it happens, it will be a disaster. Not just Di Canio at Napoli, but Di Canio at any big Italian club. Di Canio wants to be the king, the man who decides on everything within a club and force the hands of presidents and chairmen to release the money he wants. This will never be possible in Italy, because the coach's responsibility is train the team, and leave the rest to the president, technical director etc. Inter allowed Mourinho the freedom, because they were desperate for euro glory.
on the 31st March, 2013 at 8:32pm
Now there is an idea for a Dream Team: Diego and Di Canio".

Dave, did you just dream this stuff up to be different?
on the 31st March, 2013 at 7:36pm
Don't be daft, Dave. He's a lose cannon who could learn a thing or two from current manager Mazzarri (who has worked wonders btw).

If we're talking about former players;
"Certainly his craziness on the field and his controversial political beliefs off it make him an extraordinarily contentious choice. Yet he has played for Napoli and understands the emotions of the fans while also possessing that blend of intuition, initiative and cunning that is respected in Naples" Why not Maradona?
on the 31st March, 2013 at 7:34pm

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