Napoli missed their chance last night and they lost the Champions League, and in the next hour, the first man of the club, Aurelio de Laurentiis, clearly showed on his Twitter profile that Genaro Gattuso is the former. In recent weeks, there has been talk and writing about Luciano Spalletti as the man who has the best chance of taking the helm of the Neapolitans, but as things stand, the new chief of the professional staff will not be Italian either.
Italian Corriere fired information during the day that the new coach of Napoli will be Sergio Conceição, but without a deeper explanation. The information was soon published by the most important Portuguese media, and the Italian Gazetta still analyzed the situation.
Negotiations with the Conseisse speeded up, De Laurentis realized that Massimiliano Allegri would be too much and that the probability of the Italians signing is not high. The Portuguese expert is represented by Jorge Mendes, with whom the boss of Napoli has very friendly relations, and the superagent, of course, mediates in the whole story.
The agreement in principle implies two-year cooperation with a gross salary of 5,000,000 euros per season.
Vidigal on his coming
The Conceicao should arrive in Rome on Wednesday, from where he will head to the offices of Filmaura (a media house owned by De Laurentis), where he should sign the official cooperation.
Former Napoli football player and former Portugal national team player Jose Luis Vidigal has not heard anything from Conceição and cannot confirm Corriere's information, but he is sure that his compatriot is the right choice.
"Conceicao has passed a decisive coaching school. He knows football, he is an excellent strategist and he is ready for Napoli. In Porto, he learned everything he should know about football. I am sure that Napoli can target the Scudetto with him, as well as the Europa League final," Vidigal believes.
In four years, the Portuguese managed to bring Porto two championships and a national cup on Dragao. He ended the current season as the vice-champion of Portugal, and previously he managed to eliminate Juventus in the Champions League and advanced to the quarterfinals, where he was then stopped by Chelsea.
He previously led Olhanense, Academica, Braga, Vitoria Guimarais and Nantes. The Apennines are a well-known ground where he played for Lazio as a footballer and won the Scudetto in the 1999/2000 season, as well as the Cup Winners' Cup, the European and Italian Super Cup and two Italian Cups. We are also waiting for De Laurentis to confirm the new coach in his style with a tweet.