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Napoli: Luciano Spalletti named as Gennaro Gattuso’s successor

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Luciano SpallettiSpalletti returns to the dugout for the first time since leaving Inter Milan in 2019 after securing Champions League football in his two seasons at the San Siro

Napoli have appointed former Roma and Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti to succeed Gennaro Gattuso.

Gattuso left Napoli after finishing fifth in Serie A and failing to qualify for next season's Champions League. He has since taken over at Fiorentina.

Italian Spalletti, 62, returns to management for the first time since he was sacked by Inter in 2019.

"Welcome, Luciano – we'll do great work together," said Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

Spalletti's arrival brings a wealth of experience having managed 482 Serie A games and won two Italian Cups and a Super Cup with Roma, in addition to two Russian league titles and a cup win in his time at Zenit St Petersburg.

It is the latest managerial change in the Italian top flight this week as Juventus reappointed former boss Massimiliano Allegri to replace Andrea Pirlo, while Antonio Conte left Inter Milan after winning the title and is set to be replaced by former Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi.

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