Rudi Garcia helped Lille win the Ligue 1 title in the 2010/11 season. However, his name is better known during his time at Al Nassr with Cristiano Ronaldo.
The French strategist was fired in April after a string of poor results in the Saudi Pro League. According to the Saudi press, it was Ronaldo who influenced the leadership and caused Mr. Garcia to lose his job.
On social networks, fans were surprised by the decision of President Aurelio de Laurentiis. Before that, there was no information that Rudi Garcia would become the new captain of the Naples club.
“Is a coach fired in Saudi Arabia able to lead the defending champion Italy?”, a skeptical fan. “For those who love Napoli, be prepared for the worst scenario,” said the second. In the same opinion, a pessimistic Napoli fan: “Unexpectedly, after the peak, there was a deep abyss”.
Garcia will replace Luciano Spalletti to lead Napoli from the 2023/24 season. Earlier, Mr. Spalletti resigned, shortly after helping the home team Diego Armando Maradona win the first Serie A championship after 33 years of waiting.
According to Corriere della Sera, President De Laurentiis and coach Spalletti had a conflict. The two have not spoken to each other for about a month. Transfer expert Fabrizo Romano asserted: “Spalletti is serious about leaving Napoli at the end of the season. Napoli also began to look for alternatives.”
At the end of May, President De Laurentiis appeared at the club headquarters to discuss plans for the new season but there was no sign of coach Spalletti. “The tension is growing. De Laurentiis no longer wants to mention Spalletti’s name,” Goal revealed.
Tuan Nguyen | 05:23 06/16/2023