Napoli narrow down coach shortlist to three candidates: Conte, Pioli, and Gasperini


Napoli have reportedly whittled their list of potential managerial candidates down to three names: Antonio Conte, Stefano Pioli and Gian Piero Gasperini.  The club has experienced a turbulent season, cycling through three managers since Luciano Spalletti’s departure following their Scudetto triumph. However, the appointments of Rudi Garcia, Walter Mazzarri, and Francesco Calzona failed to stabilize the team’s performance, and they look set to miss out on European football next season.

Sky Sport Italia report that while Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Italiano appeared to be a front-runner a few weeks ago, speculation suggests he may now be more inclined to join Bologna, particularly with Thiago Motta’s potential departure.

Gianluca Di Marzio suggests that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis  has narrowed down the options to just three contenders.

Antonio Conte, who previously declined an offer earlier in the season, took a hiatus following his tenure at Tottenham Hotspur. However, his demanding transfer market requirements may clash with Napoli’s strategy.

Gian Piero Gasperini has emerged as a compelling candidate, known for his attractive style of football and adept management of multiple competitions. Despite his credentials, his longstanding contract with Atalanta and contentment at the club present potential obstacles.

Stefano Pioli has remained a longstanding target for De Laurentiis and is now considered as a frontrunner due to his imminent departure from Milan, despite his contract running until June 2025. Pioli’s reputation for effective man-management and flexibility may align well with Napoli’s objectives.


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