Official: Rudi Garcia named as new Napoli coach, replaces Luciano Spalletti

Napoli have brought their manager search to a close and have appointed Frenchman Rudi Garcia to replace Luciano Spalletti. They are certainly big shoes to fill.

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Serie A champions Napoli have officially announced that Rudi Garcia is going to be their new coach for the 2023/24 campaign, after Luciano Spalletti decided that he will take a year away from the sport.

The decision came as something of a shock given he had just taken Napoli to their first Scudetto in 33 years. Whether he plans to return to Napoli or not is unknown, but in the meantime, Garcia will take charge of a talented crop of stars.

As part of the official announcement on the Napoli website, president Aurelio De Laurentiis said: “We give him the most sincere welcome and wish him luck.” It was a surprisingly short statement for such an important announcement.

De Laurentiis had a few more words on Twitter as he wrote: “I am pleased to announce that, having met and worked with him for the last 10 days, Mr Rudi Garcia will be the new coach of Napoli. To him the most sincere welcome and a big good luck!”

Rudi Garcia’s managerial career

The 59-year-old coach has got lots of experience in various leagues around the world. Most recently, he was in charge of Saudi Arabian side Al Nassr, where he was coaching Cristiano Ronaldo.

His previous Serie A experience comes in the form of a three-year spell with AS Roma from 2013-2016, which ended with him being sacked and replaced by Luciano Spalletti.

Garcia has also coached Lyon, Marseille and Lille during his career which has been spent predominantly in Ligue 1. His best achievement was winning Ligue 1 with Lille in 2010/11, as well as the Coupe de France in the same season. He has been French manager of the year on three occasions.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen with the Serie A title. (@en_sscnapoli)

Garcia waits to find out about his squad

Garcia may need to hold out on making too many tactical plans as there are plenty of players within the title-winning Napoli squad that could be on the move.

The idea of starting the new season without Victor Osimhen and Kim Min-jae is very plausible, whilst players like Piotr Zielinski and Stanislav Lobotka have also been linked with moves away. It is not likely that a huge amount of money will be spent to replace those players.

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