Select a Team

Italy Serie A

Stadio Olimpico (ATT 41,000) 19th May 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Banti

Roma Roma vs Napoli Napoli

Roma 2

Marquinho (47)
M Destro (58)


Napoli 1

E Cavani (84)

Serie A: Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri waiting to reveal plans

Last Updated: 18/05/13 3:59pm

  • Share:
Walter Mazzarri: Linked with an exit from Napoli

Walter Mazzarri: Linked with an exit from Napoli

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri will reveal where his future lies after Sunday's Serie A season-ending trip to Roma.

The 51-year-old has kept his counsel amid rumours he is set to leave the San Paolo bench at the end of his contract in pursuit of a role elsewhere.

The Tuscan has been strongly linked with Andrea Stramaccioni's job at Inter Milan with Sunday's hosts Roma a more likely destination given Aurelio Andreazzoli's interim status as head coach.

And Mazzarri on Saturday admitted he will leave Naples for pastures new if no new contract is signed in the coming days.

He told La Repubblica: "I've said that I will make my mind up at the end of the season, and there is still one game remaining.

"I will explain everything after the game with Roma, I don't know whether it will be immediately or in a few days, but you will know everything.

"Timing is everything in these situations. If I tell you that I need more time, then I must have my reasons. I'm asking for some respect.

"I'm out of contract and it is my right. The club management, in their own way, have the right to make their decision. And, unless we can reach an agreement, there will be a parting of the ways."

Defender Hugo Campagnaro misses out at the Stadio Olimpico while striker Lorenzo Insigne serves a one-match ban.

Whatever happens in the capital city, Mazzarri is delighted to have led the Azzurri to second place, their highest league finish since 1990.

"With another three points we will consolidate this new record in the history of Napoli," he said.

"Even if we were to lose in Rome, we would have picked up 28 more points than the teams that started this cycle four years ago.

"The fact we are fighting for the title is already a small victory. If we keep working in this way, we will have success.

"If we had won the two head-to-head meetings with Juventus then we might have won the championship but let me be clear, the Bianconeri have deserved it."

Roma striker Francesco Totti, meanwhile, is suspended with goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg unlikely to feature due to injury.

Giallorossi coach Andreazzoli is similarly tired of hearing rumours about his own future, insisting he has done enough to keep his job at the Olimpico after both stabilising Roma in the league and booking a berth in next week's Coppa Italia final.

He told "What would I do if I received an offer from another club? I'm good at my job and I feel I could do well here or elsewhere.

"I'm in control of my own destiny and the decision is mine."

  • Share:



Italy Serie A

Italy Serie A
Pos Team P Pts
1 Juventus 38 102
2 Roma 38 85
3 Napoli 38 78
4 Fiorentina 38 65
5 Inter Milan 38 60
6 Parma 38 58
7 Torino 38 57
8 AC Milan 38 57
9 Lazio 38 56
10 Verona 38 54
11 Atalanta 38 50
12 Sampdoria 38 45
13 Udinese 38 44
14 Genoa 38 44
15 Cagliari 38 39
16 Chievo 38 36
17 Sassuolo 38 34
18 Catania 38 32
19 Bologna 38 29
20 Livorno 38 25