Outspoken Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis feels that Walter Mazzarri made an “error of judgment” joining Inter Milan.
Speaking in a press conference, as reported by FCInterNews, the Partenopei President gave his thoughts on the decision of the veteran coach to depart from his team to join the Nerazzurri in 2013.
De Laurentiis raised a lot of eyebrows when he decided to bring Mazzarri back as coach in the fall, to replace Rudi Garcia.
The veteran Italian coach had succeeded in his first spell in Naples.
Mazzarri had joined the Partenopei from Sampdoria. And he built a strong Napoli team who had challenged for the Serie A title and won the Coppa Italia.
Mazzarri brought a well-defined style of play to Napoli, who played high-tempo football under his stewardship.
The job that the 62-year-old had done with the Partenopei caused Inter to bring him in. The Nerazzurri were in the midst of a very challenging few years when they appointed him.
However, Mazzarri was unable to really turn Inter’s form around upon his arrival.
Nor was he able to replicate the kind of exploits that his Napoli had achieved.
After his time at Inter came to an end following a little more than a season, Mazzarri had spells in charge of the likes of Watford, Torino, and Cagliari. And then, he made the shock return to Napoli.
De Laurentiis: Mazzarri To Inter An “Error In Judgment”
Of the decision to bring Mazzarri back to Napoli in the fall, De Laurentiis said that “He’s like a family friend. So he’s here.”
“He understood that when he decided to join Inter, he made an error of judgment,” he went on.
“As far as Mazzarri goes, let him work in peace,” the Napoli President continued.
And as far as whether the 62-year-old will remain at the helm past the end of this season, De Laurentiis said that “We’ll see in April.”