Rudi Garcia leaving, Igor Tudor to replace him in Naples? This was the trend on Monday. The Croatian coach, free since his departure from OM last summer, even gave his agreement to President De Laurentiis this Monday in Rome! But when it comes to football, everything moves very quickly... As expected, Garcia was sacked this Tuesday. But another name came out of the hat, that of Walter Mazzarri. A return for the 62-year-old Italian technician, who had already coached Napoli between October 2009 and the summer of 2013, during the time of Edinson Cavani, with success in the Italian Cup (2012). He also served as an assistant there in 1998-99. Mazzarri takes the reins until the end of the season.
Appointed last summer, Garcia took charge of the Italian champions last summer, replacing Luciano Spalletti, new coach of the transalpine selection. Review? 16 matches, eight wins, four draws and as many defeats, fourth place in the Serie A standings and second in the hierarchy of Group C in the Champions League. Garcia previously officiated at Saint-Etienne, Dijon, Le Mans, Lille, Roma, Marseille and Lyon, before a more exotic getaway to Saudi Arabia, at Al-Nassr. The defeat conceded at the Diego-Maradona stadium on Sunday, against poorly ranked Empoli (0-1), was one too many for Rudi Garcia.
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