With Napoli failing to end the season strong after several disappointing displays within the past month, a cast of doubt has loomed over Spalletti’s future at Napoli, causing Italiano to be shortlisted as potential candidate to take the club by the horns next season.

As it stands, Spalletti’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2023, with the club officials having the option of triggering an additional two seasons. While I Partenopei had a brilliant start to this year’s Serie A campaign, the Italian tactician has failed to replicate the same level of success and quality within their performances on the pitch.

Within their last three games, Napoli have only obtained one point out of a total of nine points available. A lack of defensive organization and mental focus have caused Spalletti’s men to suffer a frustrating 3-2 loss at home to Fiorentina and a shocking 3-2 defeat against Empoli, where they conceded three goals within the last ten minutes of the fixture.

Consequently, their underwhelming run of form have caused them to slip out of the title race as they now sit in third place with 67 points, seven points adrift from the league-leaders Milan. With Spalletti unable to produce satisfactory results within the past month, the club officials are considering terminating his contract early ahead of next year’s campaign.

According to La Republica, Italiano has emerged as one of the primary candidates to replace Spalletti at the helm of the club. Since signing with Fiorentina at the beginning of the season after an incredible 15th-place finish with Spezia last season, the Italian mastermind has taken the club by storm as his men currently find themselves within sixth place. His ingenuity of implementing a creative and fast-paced attacking style of play has potentially allowed his men to secure European football next season, following a difficult 14th-place the campaign prior.

After witnessing Italiano’s side shock I Partenopei twice this season, the club officials strongly believe that he would fit seamlessly within the dugout and would play a crucial role in pushing for their first scudetto since 1990.