Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the departure of head coach Gennaro Gattuso after the team missed out on Champions League qualification.
Gattuso’s side went into their final game of the season against Hellas Verona knowing that a victory would secure their place in Serie A’s top four, but they came unstuck in front of their fans at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.
Napoli were held to a 1-1 draw while Milan beat Atalanta to move into second and Juventus thrashed Bologna to snatch the final Champions League spot, with De Laurentiis subsequently revealing that changes will now be made in the dugout.
The Napoli chairman took to social media to bid Gattuso farewell, thanking him for his work at the club over the past two years.
“Dear Rino, I am happy to have spent almost two seasons with you,” De Laurentiis wrote on Twitter. “Thank you for your work and I wish you success wherever you go. A hug also to your wife and children.”
Meanwhile, Napoli’s official account posted an image of Gattuso with the caption: “Thank you, boss!”