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Napoli sack manager Mazzarri and appoint Calzona

Napoli sack manager Mazzarri and appoint Calzona

Struggling Napoli sacked Walter Mazzarri on Monday (Feb 19) and brought in Slovakia coach Francesco Calzona just two days before hosting FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. The 62-year-old Mazzarri became the second man to be sent packing this season by the ailing Italian champions. Mazzarri took charge in November after Rudi Garcia was dismissed but Napoli then fell to ninth in Serie A ahead of Wednesday's last 16, first leg with Barca at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Napoli have sacked manager Walter Mazzarri after just three months in charge and replaced him with Slovakia boss Francesco Calzona.

Mazzarri succeeded Rudy Garcia in November and departs with the Italian champions ninth in Serie A.

Reports in Italy say Calzona has signed a contract until the end of the season and will remain in charge of Slovakia.

Owner Aurelio de Laurentiis thanked Mazzarri for "having helped the team in a tricky period".

Napoli host Barcelona in a Champions League last-16 first-leg tie on Wednesday.

Calzona was appointed Slovakia boss in August 2022 and helped the nation qualify for this summer's European Championship in Germany.

The 55-year-old previously had spells as Napoli assistant under Maurizio Sarri and Luciano Spalletti.