And here comes the drama. With Napoli, it’s always drama. That’s the De Laurentiis way. He is, after all, in the movie business. It’s the family business.
So, the explosive report comes from Gazzetta dello Sport, whose famous pink pages are just about as big as it gets for Italian football media. They tell a tale of a “complicated chess game” between Maurizio Sarri and the Napoli owner, which may include such conniving moves as a resignation by the former to force the latter’s hand.
Why would Sarri resign? Apparently his relationship with ADL has “crumbled” — ADL’s public criticism of Sarri earlier this week probably didn’t help — and rather than play the owner’s silly games, he could simply pack up and leave and make himself available for free to interested parties all across Europe. Chelsea are named as a potential destination of course, but Spurs, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, and even AC Milan are all included as well.
If Sarri tenders his resignation, Napoli do not have to accept it, but it could get (even more) complicated and ugly at that point, and they would have to continue paying him. Gazzetta guess that ADL could lower or forgo the release clause entirely, though only if a replacement is found first. Incidentally, other rumors have linked Carlo Ancelotti with the Partenopei job yesterday.
Can’t we just keep Conte?