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Maurizio Sarri’s reputation has grown dramatically over the last few years. Having previously spent much of his time coaching in the Italian lower leagues, his appointment as Napoli boss in 2015 has led to continent-wide appreciation for his philosophy and organisational capabilities.
He came close to toppling Juventus in 2016 and, with Napoli currently sat top of Serie A, could finally seal a Scudettothis season.
This is worth putting into context. While Napoli are one of the bigger teams in Italy, they haven’t won the title since 1990. Traditionally they fall just behind the northern giants – AC Milan, Inter Milan, Juventus – and just over a decade ago they were in Serie B.
Even if they don’t win the league this term, they are almost certain to achieve three straight top-three finishes for the first time since the halcyon days of Diego Maradona. All of this goes some way to explaining why both Arsenal and Chelseaare reportedly considering Sarri to be their next manager.
There has been talk of late that Sarri will meet Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis to discuss a new contract with the club that would improve his salary, which at €1.4million per season falls well short of his domestic peers Massimiliano Allegri and Luciano Spalletti.