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Donadoni sacked by Napoli

October 6, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Struggling Napoli have today sacked manager Roberto Donadoni and replaced him with former Sampdoria coach Walter Mazzarri.

GettyImagesDonadoni has been shown the door by De Laurentis

The Partenopei lost 2-1 at Roma on Sunday, an outcome that marked their fourth defeat of the campaign and left them in 15th position in the Serie A standings having collected seven points from seven games.

Donadoni has been shown the door by club president Aurelio De Laurentis after he yesterday admitted he and his manager had "different ideas".

A statement from the club read: "Napoli announce they have released Roberto Donadoni from the role of head coach and appointed in his place Walter Mazzarri.

"The club want to thank Donadoni for the work done in these months and wish him the best of luck for the future.''

Donadoni, who was under contract with Napoli until June 2011, has endured a difficult spell since taking charge in March from Edy Reja - winning just four of 17 matches.

The former Italy boss becomes the second coach to be replaced this season in Italy's top flight, following Luciano Spalletti's departure from Roma last month.

"It was a decision that had to be taken in order to give a new spark to the azzurri season and for the future of the team,'' De Laurentis said.

Mazzarri's has been out of work since parting company with Sampdoria shortly after guiding them to 13th last season. The 47-year-old's first match in charge will be against Bologna on October 18.