It’s hardly a reputation that’s going to encourage confidence within the hearts of Napoli followers.
After a dozen names linked with the Napoli job within the wake of Luciano Spalletti’s departure, Aurelio De Laurentiis determined to pick out one of many outdoors selections.
For all of the discuss of Luis Enrique, Vincenzo Italiano, Christopher Galtier and even the odd point out of Rafa Benitez, De Laurentiis himself introduced through Twitter that Rudi Garcia is the person to take over from the Scudetto-winning Spalletti.
Underwhelming is an understatement.
This is identical Garcia who was sacked from Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Nassr simply over two months in the past. The identical Garcia that hasn’t gained a trophy since 2011 and posted only a 53% win ratio in his final severe job – at Lyon from 2019 to 2021.
That Rudi Garcia.
Most bear in mind Garcia for his two-and-a-half-year stint at Roma in the midst of final decade, when he took over from Zdeněk Zeman and was changed by, coincidentally sufficient, Spalletti, who returned for a second spell in early 2016.
Garcia equalled a Serie A file in his debut season, successful the primary 10 video games of the season, but it nonetheless wasn’t sufficient to land the title. Juventus, in Antonio Conte’s final season on the membership, romped to the title, ending with a historic 102 factors. Roma finally completed 2nd on 85 factors, which might’ve gained the title in 4 of the previous 5 seasons.
But Garcia by no means managed to kick on from his first season within the Italian capital. His second marketing campaign once more completed in second place, once more to Juve. By the center of his third season and with a single win in 9 league video games, he was sacked. Spalletti steadied the ship and guided Roma to 3rd.
Garcia must roll again the years so as to persuade the Napoli public that he’s the person for the job. His final trophy got here with Lille, when he gained Ligue 1 in a pre-PSG-Qatar takeover panorama. His monitor file post-Roma doesn’t essentially scream a coach on the prime of his recreation, and it’s doubtless that Garcia solely acquired the job within the first place as a result of De Laurentiis instructed him one or two of the title-winning stars could possibly be offered and he accepted it.
Kim Min-Jae appears all-but gone at this stage, with Bayern Munich now forward of Manchester United within the operating for the South Korean. Napoli purchased Min-Jae for €18m ($19m) however will promote him for round €60m ($65m) after only a 12 months. This represents an enormous revenue and extremely astute enterprise for Napoli however what they’ll lose in promoting the perfect defender in Serie A final season is immeasurable.
Discuss round Victor Osimhen refuses to go away both, with De Laurentiis little doubt ready for the mega provide from the Premier
Nonetheless, the identical might’ve been stated final summer season, when Kalidou Koulibaly, Dries Mertens, Fabian Ruiz and Lorenzo Insigne all left. Similar to a 12 months in the past, a lot will rely on Min-Jae’s alternative. Atalanta’s Giorgio Scalvini has been touted as a potential alternative, whereas Teun Koopmeiners could possibly be an addition in midfield, in accordance with studies.
Canada’s Jonathan David has been linked in case Osimhen leaves. However an excessive amount of change in a single summer season isn’t good. Napoli acquired away with it final summer season, however as defending champions, De Laurentiis ought to be seeking to improve the squad and enhance it. As a substitute it seems like the other. In fact, it’s early days and far can change earlier than the beginning of subsequent season.
With the shadow of Spalletti looming behind him, Garcia might want to repeat the beginning he made to his Roma profession, however this time preserve the momentum. In any other case, De Laurentiis might have to carry Spalletti again.