Napoli search for new manager as the start of a new era dawns on the club with Rafa off to Real
Serie A side Napoli have begun their search for a new manager following the departure of boss Rafael Benítez to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
The Italian side have been forced into the search following Benitez's return to his native Spain. Real Madrid acted quickly to bring in Benítez, who has a UEFA Champions League trophy to his name after leading Liverpool to European glory in Istanbul in 2005.
Benítez replaces Carlo Ancelotti, who finished behind Luis Enrique's Barcelona squad in La Liga this season. The Italian boss has already revealed that former club A.C. Milan have approached him for his services but he rejected them, intent on taking a break from football in order to assess his options.
A man unlikely to take the reins in Naples is Jürgen Klopp who recently left Borussia Dortmund after seven years with the Bundesliga side. Klopp led BVB to two Bundesliga victories over rivals Bayern Munich and proved his managerial credentials, but he too has told journalists that he will not be heading straight back into management.
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Klopp will be back, but Napoli must turn the attentions elsewhere, if they ever were truly set on the German manager. Odds of the next manager at Stadio San Paolo are yet to be released but there is expected to be some news regarding Benítez successor next week, confirms club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
"We want to thank Rafael for his work at the club. We feel the club has seen some big improvements in terms of stature during his short time here and we wish him luck in his new chapter back in Madrid.
We discussed the prospect of his departure long before the season had ended, with Rafa not having too much time left on his contract with us, so we do have several names we've considered. At this time we are not prepared to divulge our shortlist, but we should have some news regarding the future manager of this club by this time next week."