Gennaro Gattuso ‘considering resigning’ as Napoli manager following disastrous start… but Juventus match will be deciding factor
Jan. 19, 2020
Gennaro Gattuso is reportedly considering resigning as Napoli’s head coach following his disastrous start with the club.
Napoli have lost four of their five league matches since Gattuso succeeded Carlo Ancelotti, with the latest a disappointing 2-0 defeat at home by Fiorentina on Saturday.
According to the Mail , Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has no intention of dismissing Gattuso, but the manager himself is sensationally ready to quit just over a month after joining the club.
Napoli have a difficult Coppa Italia clash against in-form Lazio on Tuesday, followed by a trip to Juventus – and Gattuso is ready to resign if they lose to Maurizio Sarri’s men next weekend.
The 42-year-old, who is said to be ‘wounded’ by his poor start with the club, will make a decision on his future based on the outcome of that game.
Gattuso, the former Italy midfielder, took charge of Milan in similarly adverse circumstances back in 2017 and he steered the club to a good run of results before departing by mutual consent in May 2019.
But he has made a contrasting start in Naples and De Laurentiis is unhappy with his decision to drop goalkeeper Alex Meret and play right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo as a centre-back.
Furthermore, De Laurentiis is irritated that the futures of long-term stars Allan, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon have yet to be resolved.
The latter two attackers are out of contract in the summer and are angling for a move away from the San Paolo this month.