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Napoli owner confirms Gattuso exit after Champions League flop

Milan (AFP) – Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis on Sunday confirmed that coach Gennaro Gattuso will leave the club after failing to qualify for the Champions League.

The southerners finished fifth, one point behind fourth-placed Juventus, after a 1-1 draw at home against Hellas Verona 

A win would have guaranteed a top four finish, but Napoli miss out on a second season of Champions League football.

“Dear Rino, I am happy to have spent almost two seasons with you,” De Laurentiis wrote on Twitter. 

“Thanking you for your work, I wish you success wherever you go. A hug to your wife and children too. Aurelio De Laurentiis.”

The relationship between the pair had been tense with the club having imposed a media boycott for months.

Former AC Milan coach Gattuso took over after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked in December 2019.

The 43-year-old also missed out on a Champions League return with AC Milan in the 2018-2019 season by just one point.

The Italian 2006 World Cup winner as a player has been linked with clubs including Fiorentina and Tottenham.

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  1. Eric T

    May 24, 2021 at 9:40 am

    @JP I wouldn’t rule anything out in the Serie A…

  2. JP

    May 24, 2021 at 8:53 am

    That performance was so abysmal that I seriously wondered during the match if some players were bribed/threatened by nefarious Juve backers……or if a Serie A conspiracy to make sure the the traditional powers (Milan too, lackluster Atalanta performance) get in UCL. Or maybe a way to placate Agnelli and hope he abandons Super League dreams for now if qualifying for UCL. Could also be a desire to keep Ronaldo in Serie A, and knew impossible if Juve didn’t qualify.

    Most likely I’m just a pissed off Napoli supporter looking for excuses, they have only themselves to blame for allowing the late equalizer vs Cagliari a few weeks ago. If not for that the draw yesterday would’ve been just fine.

  3. John Robinson

    May 24, 2021 at 7:21 am

    Great memories of Rino when at Rangers. best of luck in the future

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