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Ballon d’Or winner ‘lined-up’ to exchange Rudi Garcia as Napoli boss after watching shock Empoli loss alongside membership president – following Frenchman’s fallout with star man Victor Osimhen

Ballon d’Or winner ‘lined-up’ to exchange Rudi Garcia as Napoli boss after watching shock Empoli loss alongside membership president – following Frenchman’s fallout with star man Victor Osimhen


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  • A former Ballon d’Or winner was stated to be watching their shock loss to Empoli 
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Rudi Garcia’s days as Napoli supervisor look like numbered – with a Ballon d’Or winner reportedly being lined as much as change him.

Sunday’s shock 1-0 loss at residence to Empoli leaves Napoli 10 factors off high spot in Serie A in what has been a depressing defence of the Scudetto. 

In line with La Gazzetta della Sport, De Laurentiis has been considering for a while about how he can change Garcia and it seems defeat to Empoli is the ultimate straw.

De Laurentiis watched on from the director’s field and followers noticed a former Ballon d’Or winner two seats down from him in 2006 winner Fabio Cannavaro. 

Cannavaro has beforehand labelled the Napoli put up as a ‘dream’ job and it was intriguing to see the previous Napoli, Juventus and Actual Madrid defender in attendance. 

Rudi Garcia is under mounting pressure at Napoli following a surprise home loss to Empoli

Rudi Garcia is under mounting pressure at Napoli following a surprise home loss to Empoli

Rudi Garcia is underneath mounting strain at Napoli following a shock residence loss to Empoli

It was a dismal display from Garcia's side, leaving them 10 points off top in their title defence

It was a dismal display from Garcia's side, leaving them 10 points off top in their title defence

It was a dismal show from Garcia’s aspect, leaving them 10 factors off high of their title defence

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‘I’ve stated because the begin of the season that Napoli are a superb group with an excellent coach,’ Cannavaro advised Sky Sport Italia final yr. 

‘Napoli could be a dream for me, I have been a fan since I used to be a child. I do know that I must work onerous first and achieve extra expertise. We’ll see in future.’

The Ballon d’Or-winning defender has a large number of managerial positions on his CV, to blended success.

He has managed Al-Ahli, Guangzhou Evergrande, Al-Nassr, Quanjian Tianjin and as interim supervisor of the China nationwide group.

Canavarro’s most up-to-date put up got here with Benevento, the place he was sacked 5 months into his reign. 

It’s stated by Gazzetta della Sport that his greatest competitors, ought to Garcia be axed, is Igor Tudor, a wily previous veteran in Serie A who has had confirmed success.

The difficulty for Garcia is that followers and gamers alike have struggled to heat to him.

Again in September, Mail Sport’s Alvise Cagnazzo wrote how star man Victor Osimhen had a ‘critical’ subject with the French boss.

Star man Victor Osimhen was reported to have fallen out with Garcia earlier in the campaign

Star man Victor Osimhen was reported to have fallen out with Garcia earlier in the campaign

Star man Victor Osimhen was reported to have fallen out with Garcia earlier within the marketing campaign

Garcia wished to make his mark after changing Luciano Spalletti in the summertime, however his pressured substitutions and questionable tactical choices had been stated to have solely created negativity within the media and the dressing room.

Osimhen is a charismatic chief inside the squad, however was livid at being taken off when Napoli had been chasing a winner in opposition to Bologna.

He felt that was a transparent signal that his position has diminished underneath Garcia, and that he was being undermined in entrance of the entire group, whereas being changed was additionally not good for his self-confidence after a tough begin to the marketing campaign.

Osimhen has needed to watch on from the sidelines in latest video games because of an harm and he minimize a deflated determine as his team-mates lacked any zip in assault. 

It was additionally advised that Garcia’s time at Al-Nassr was minimize quick because of a fall-out with Cristiano Ronaldo, one other signal that Osimhen is probably going removed from alone in being irked. 

2006 Ballon d'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro (right) was watching on in the directors' box

2006 Ballon d'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro (right) was watching on in the directors' box

2006 Ballon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro (proper) was watching on within the administrators’ field

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