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De Laurentiis begins search for Mazzarri replacement

Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has set about finding a replacement for outgoing manager Walter Mazzarri.

The film producer confirmed he has made a number of enquiries with coaches across Europe with regard to succeeding the Italian.

De Laurentiis also explained he has known for a while that Mazzarri was to leave.

“I offered Mazzarri a two-year deal, but I immediately started evaluating my options,” De Laurentiis said on Wednesday.

“I’ve been looking into this for months because I knew that Mazzarri would leave.

“I have spoken to Rafael Benitez, Manuel Pellegrini, Roberto Di Matteo, Jurgen Klopp – who told me he was unavailable until 2016 – Laurent Blanc and Didier Deschamps.

“I also spoke to all of the available Italians, I even thought of Diego Lopez but I didn’t want to be rude to (Cagliari president) Massimo Cellino.

“I’ve contacted a lot of coaches because I wanted to understand the feeling between ourselves. Anyway, the coach only makes 15 percent of the difference.”

In terms of the replacement, De Laurentiis explained they would have to be more than simply a good manager.

“The new coach has to love Neapolitan-ness, he has to start speaking in Napolitano,” De Laurentiis said.

“I’m going to London tomorrow and I’ll return to Italy on June 16, but it won’t take long to announce the new coach.”

Mazzarri left the club having finished second in Serie A.
Wed 22 May, 2013
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