Saturday May 7 2011
Mazzarri: 'I warned Napoli of exit'

Walter Mazzarri has shocked Napoli fans by confirming: “I have alerted the club to the fact I might not stay next season.”

The Coach has taken them to third place and until last month they were in the thick of the Scudetto battle, but he has been heavily linked with the job at Juventus.

“You'll know at the end of the campaign what I have to say to Napoli, but as a professional I always give fair warning,” declared Mazzarri in today's Press conference.

“I have alerted the club to the fact I might not stay next season. Besides, I also have a contract, so the club has to give its own say on the matter.

“I now turn to the fans and tell them not to be led astray by detractors. The respect I have for them and will continue to have while I am here has been proved through my work.

“Carlo Ancelotti said the same thing yesterday at Chelsea, because he is in the same situation. Nothing has changed on a personal level and my rapport with the President is perfect.

“I hear lies swirling around here and it's a Kafka-esque situation. In football there is too often an ambiguous way of talking about things, but seeing as I have so much respect for my staff and the fans, I have always been clear.

“People appreciate someone who works hard here and speaks with actions, especially in a world where it's often the other way round.”

Mazzarri must now ensure Napoli stay focused on securing their Champions League place and even challenging Inter for second.

“I spoke to the players and told them they have been exceptional in achieving the Champions League, but there are still nine points up for grabs, so we can become Vice-Champions of Italy.

“We need to stay concentrated, believe and play like Napoli. We've got to give our fans satisfaction to the very end.

“It'll be tough against Lecce, especially after they got David Di Michele back by appealing his ban. We must try to match their motivation.”

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