Napoli have sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti despite the club’s progression to the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The Neapolitans beat Genk 4-0 at home to seal their progress through to the knockout rounds of Europe’s elite competition, but a poor run of recent form and shambolic ‘title challenge’ have seen Ancelotti relieved of his duties, with Gennaro Gattuso expected to replace him imminently.
La Societa Sportiva Calcio Napoli ha deciso di revocare l’incarico di responsabile tecnico della prima squadra al signor Carlo Ancelotti.
Rimangono intatti i rapporti di amicizia, stima e rispetto reciproco tra la società, il suo presidente Aurelio De Laurentiis e Carlo Ancelotti
— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) December 10, 2019
A club tweet on Tuesday night read: “SSC Napoli has decided to revoke the role of technical manager of the first team from Mr. Carlo Ancelotti. The feelings of friendship, esteem and mutual respect between the club, its president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Carlo Ancelotti remain intact.”
Ancelotti had said just hours before the statement was released that he had a Wednesday meeting scheduled with the club’s board, telling journalists:
Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked and Gennaro Gattuso will sign on next ours as new Napoli manager. #Napoli #SerieA
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 10, 2019
I Partenopei occupy seventh position in the Serie A table, 17 points behind leaders Inter following a run of no wins in seven league matches.
In November, their sub-par displays saw president Aurelio de Laurentiis schedule extra training for the entire squad, only for Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon to stage a mutiny and convince their teammates to ignore the owner’s orders.
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