Luciano Spalletti is set to leave Napoli at the end of the season after helping them win a first Serie A title in 33 years.
This break – unlike every other manager – is going to be quite different as the Italian is set to stay away from football for a year.
“I need to take some time to rest because I’m pretty tired,” Spalletti said.
“I don’t know if you can call it a year’s sabbatical but I won’t be working. I won’t be coaching Napoli or any other team.”
Spalletti, who is 64 years old, took over affairs at Naples in July 2021 and still has a year left on his deal with the club.
While speaking to Italian broadcaster Rai, De Laurentiis said: “He’s a free man, he’s given us something and I thank him, it’s right that he does what he wants.”
His team also reached the Champions League quarter-finals, recording victories over Liverpool, Ajax and Rangers during the group stage.
Luis Enrique who resigned from his position as Spain boss following the 2022 World Cup, is set to replace Spalletti as reported by Corriere dello Sport.
Napoli will play their final match of the season at home to Sampdoria next Sunday after the drew 2-2 at Bologna last weekend.
Luciano Spalletti is an Italian football manager and a former player who was born on 7 March 1959.
He is until now, the current manager of Italian Serie A club Napoli, with whom he guided to win Serie A in 2022–23.
Spalletti was born in Certaldo, Metropolitan City of Florence. Spalletti started his career as a semi-professional footballer in his mid-20s.
He managed to have played for several Serie C teams such as Entella, Spezia, Viareggio and Empoli despite being too old for a professional debut.
Luciano Spalletti retired in 1993 after almost a decade of lower-tier football in Italy and remained at Empoli as a coach.
He went tropyless in his first season but led Napoli to finish 3rd in Serie A table, securing Champions League qualification for the first time in 2 years.
Spalletti led Napoli to win their 3rd Serie A title, last won in 1990 on May 4th, 2023 a record win for the Naples team.
He subsequently requested for a one year sabbatical leave after winning the Scudetto for the team and was granted it by the club’s executive.
Luciano Spalletti is married to wife Tamara and they have three children together with names Samuele (1992), Federico (1995), and Matilde (2011).
Well, it looks like a dead end as Spurs are desperately in need of a manager and Spalletti is not interested in coaching for a year.