Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte is being talked about as the next Napoli manager, but the high salary could be a stumbling block.
On the 23rd (Korean time), the Italian media’Gazetta dello Sport’ mentioned Conte as one of the candidates to succeed Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti.
Napoli is expected to part ways with Spalletti, who won the Italian Serie A title after 33 years. Napoli president Aurelido DeLaurentis expressed optimism about the partnership with Spalletti shortly after the title was confirmed, but the mood has recently changed. There are reports that Spalletti was dissatisfied with the fact that President DeLaurentis unilaterally invoked the option to extend the contract by one year without consultation on a salary increase. At a recent press conference, manager Spalletti hinted at a breakup, saying, “The decision has already been made.”안전놀이터
Conte, who resigned from Tottenham in March, has been a candidate. ‘Gazeta Delo Sport’ predicted that if Conte takes over, he will be able to use a 4-2-4 tactic that utilizes winger Hvica Kvarachhelia, who is good at dribbling.
However, he added that Conte’s high salary could be a stumbling block. Coach Conte received good treatment through Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan, and is known to have received an annual salary of 15 million pounds (approximately 24.5 billion won) from Tottenham. However, Napoli is seeking a coach with an annual salary of up to 7 million euros (about 10 billion won). This is also a significant increase for Naples. Spalletti’s annual salary was 2.8 million euros (approximately 4 billion won).
If they can’t find a compromise in terms of salary, Napoli may look to another manager. In addition to Conte, he has been linked with several other directors. Atalanta coach Gianpiero Gasperini, Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Italiano, former Spain national team coach Luis Enrique, and former Everton coach Rafa Benitez are among the candidates.