Donadoni out, Mazzarri in at Napoli

by Neil Sherwin

Struggling Napoli have fired coach Roberto Donadoni and immediately replaced him with Walter Mazzarri following their poor start to the Serie A season.

Donadoni only took the reins in March of this year, and spent big in the summer with the addition of international striker Fabio Quagliarella.

However, the team has struggled so far this season and is currently languishing in 15th place in the table having failed to pick up any points away from home so far.

“Napoli announce they have released Roberto Donadoni from the role of head coach and appointed in his place Walter Mazzarri,” the club said in a statement.

“The club want to thank Donadoni for the work done in these months and wish him the best of luck for the future.”

Mazzarri was at Sampdoria last season and guided them to a 13th place finish.

“It was a decision that had to be taken in order to give a new spark to the azzurri season and for the future of the team,” said Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

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Neil Sherwin

Neil Sherwin

Co-editor of BackPageFootball.com and BackPageRugby.com. Writes mostly on Premier League, A-League and MLS with contributions to other sites including TheFootballSack, InBedWithMaradona and Bloomberg's BSports. Has featured on The Guardian's Football Weekly.

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