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Mazzarri in for Donadoni at Napoli

Published: Tuesday 6 October 2009, 13.50CET
SSC Napoli have ended former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni's seven-month spell at the helm after a disappointing start to the season and appointed 48-year-old former UC Sampdoria chief Walter Mazzarri.
Mazzarri in for Donadoni at Napoli
Walter Mazzarri is the new man in charge at Napoli ©Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 6 October 2009, 13.50CET

Mazzarri in for Donadoni at Napoli

SSC Napoli have ended former Italy coach Roberto Donadoni's seven-month spell at the helm after a disappointing start to the season and appointed 48-year-old former UC Sampdoria chief Walter Mazzarri.

SSC Napoli have replaced coach Roberto Donadoni with Walter Mazzarri after a disappointing start to the season, with the latter signing a contract until June 2011.

Disappointing start
Former Italy coach Donadoni, 46, succeeded Edoardo Reja in March, but his side have collected just seven points from as many games this season and Sunday's 2-1 loss at AS Roma proved the final straw. Napoli invested heavily in players in the summer, bringing in the likes of Fabio Quagliarella, Juan Camilo Zúñiga and Luca Cigarini, and it will now be up to the 48-year-old Mazzarri to make the most of their talent. Mazzarri left UC Sampdoria at the end of last season and was previously at Napoli as assistant to coach Renzo Ulivieri in 1998/99. Among his former clubs, he led AS Livorno Calcio to promotion in 2003/04 and was in charge of Reggina Calcio before taking over at Sampdoria in 2007.

 

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