Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has taken the blame for the Partenopei’s underwhelming season in Serie A but insisted that improvements would be made in the January transfer window.
The reigning Serie A champions have produced a disappointing defence of their title and languish in eighth place after a 0-0 draw against Monza in Matchday 18, leaving them 17 points behind leaders Inter as the midway point of the campaign approaches.
After scudetto-winning coach Luciano Spalletti quit in the summer, Napoli hired Rudi Garcia but the Frenchman only lasted until November before poor form saw him replaced by Walter Mazzarri. The upheaval and lack of spark on the pitch has seen the Azzurri win just four of their last 13 matches in all competitions, whilst they were dumped out of the Coppa Italia in a 4-0 thrashing by Frosinone.
De Laurentiis promises action
However, De Laurentiis used a press conference after the stalemate with Monza to address the issues at the club and speak directly to supporters, as reported by CalcioNapoli24.it.
“I wanted to see you and say that everything that has happened so far is only my responsibility. So, all the blame is on me and I take all the responsibility,” the film mogul declared.
“I must apologise to all Neapolitans and most importantly to all the fans for our position in the table. However, the season is long and we’ll make moves in the transfer market to correct this.
“The truth has more faces, but I don’t want to annoy you now. When I’m back from the Supercoppa Italiana, we could meet at Palazzo Petrucci, have a nice dinner together and I’ll tell you my point of view,” he continued.
“I understand you have pages to fill up, radio stations and TVs with great pundits where everyone says his opinion. However, fans must be protected and know the truth, and only those inside know it. This is what I wanted to tell you.”
Napoli a shadow of last season
After a sensational Serie A title success last season, Napoli‘s follow up campaign has been a complete contrast and there is growing frustration at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
The appointment of Garcia left fans underwhelmed and the former AS Roma tactician did little to assuage supporters after some unconvincing performances even in victory, and a slow start to the season.
Despite Mazzarri‘s arrival, Napoli have struggled for consistency and have tumbled out of the Champions League qualification spots, leaving them with a huge task to return to the top end of continental football for next season.
Meanwhile, star duo Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Victor Osimhen, so instrumental in the title success, have failed to live up to last season’s standard and have only provided 12 goals between them.