Walter Mazzarri has announced his decision to stand down as SSC Napoli coach in the wake of the club's 2-1 loss to AS Roma on the final day of the Serie A season.
The result was not enough to deny Napoli second place in the table, but the 51-year-old will not be in charge next term as the Partenopei enter the UEFA Champions League group stage.
"My era at Napoli is over," he said. "The four years I've spent in Naples have been just wonderful. I'm announcing my decision now, but I have been thinking about it for a few days now. Actually, I thought about it last summer, when I turned down a contract extension without knowing how the season would go."
The former UC Sampdoria coach joined Napoli in October 2009 to replace Roberto Donadoni, leading the side to sixth place during his first year in charge. Napoli then came in third and fifth before finishing runners-up this season, and they also won the Coppa Italia in 2012.
"I thank the president [Aurelio De Laurentiis], who tried to let me change my mind until the last minute," Mazzarri continued. "I have already said goodbye to my players; I wanted to thank them because they had a fantastic season."
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