There’s news today that Newcastle are interested in former Napoli and Inter-Milan manager Walter Mazzarri, according to a report in Italy on the Calciomercato.com web site.
Walter Mazzarri – former Napoli and Inter-Milan manager
Newcastle will need to appoint a head coach in the summer and their number one target Steve McClaren has turned down the job, and interim coach John Carver’s record is so poor that he’s unlikely to get the job, after Newcastle are now in a relegation fight to keep their Premier League status and have won twice in 18 games under the Geordie coach.
The 53 year-old former Italian midfielder has been in coaching since 2001, and has managed Acireale, Pistoiese, Livorno, Reggina, Sampdoria, Napoli and Inter-Milan.
He managed Napoli for four years from 2009 through 2013 and he did well at the club, and when he left in 2013 Napoli were second in the Italian League and he had them in the Champions League.
He was appointed Inter manager in May two years ago and after a poor first season and a poor series of results at the start of this season, he was fired last November when Inter were 9th in the Italian League and former Man City manager Roberto Mancini was appointed.
Walter is currently not in management, so there would be no compensation to pay if Newcastle elected to sign him as the new head coach and maybe that would be attractive to a frugal Mike Ashley.
Sunderland have also been linked with the Italian in the same article, but we would expect Dick Advocaat to get the Sunderland job for a couple of years, if he can save them from relegation and they have won their last two games.
In today’s games Newcastle are at relegated QPR and haven’t won since February, and Sunderland are at home to Leicester who have won six of their last seven games, and are one point above both Newcastle and Sunderland.
It’s a big day in the relegation battle in England’s Premier League.