Napoli have confirmed the appointment of Luciano Spalletti as their new coach.
Gennaro Gattuso departed at the end of the season, after Napoli agonisingly failed to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has acted swiftly to bring in a replacement, with former Roma and Inter.
“I am delighted to announce that Luciano Spalletti will become Napoli coach on 1 July,” De Laurentiis confirmed in a brief statement. “Welcome, Luciano – we’ll do great work together.”
After handing the job to the relatively inexperienced Gattuso to replace managerial legend Carlo Ancelotti, De Laurentiis has now reverted back to an experienced head.
At 62, Spalletti numbers Empoli, Sampdoria, Venezia, Udinese, Ancona, Roma, Zenit St Petersburg and Inter among his coaching stops.
He was twice named Serie A Coach of the Year during his spell at Roma, who he guided to back-to-back Coppa Italia titles in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Spalletti twice secured the Russian title with Zenit, and he will be charged with making Napoli a force in the Serie A title race once again.