Mazzarri admits future uncertain
Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri admitted today his future at the club is uncertain despite leading the club to their best season since the days of Diego Maradona. Mazzarri is in his second season with the club having joined seven games into the start of last term.
He dragged them up from a poor start and took them into Europe while this season they were challenging for the title until the last couple of weeks and still look set to secure a top three finish and direct entry into next season's UEFA Champions League group stages. But all is not well behind closed doors at the San Paolo.
"I've told the club, my future is uncertain, I've informed the club about this and about the things that perplex me about staying here," he said. "I'll tell you at the end of the season (if I stay or go) but I won't take the decision on my own because I have an on-going contract.
"I find myself in a Kafkaesque situation where people try to twist the sense of my words. My honesty should be appreciated but instead it's criticised. I've told the club what I'm thinking, why I'm hesitating."
"On a personal level I don't have any problems with anyone but professional relationships are something else. A coach is analysed for the development of his work and how long he stays with the team is relative."
Despite his problems with the powers that be, Mazzarri claims he is concentrating on matters on the pitch. Napoli travel to Lecce on Sunday before finishing the season against giants Inter Milan and Juventus.
"My mandate for this season has not yet finished so I don't want any distractions," he said. "I spoke to the players during training and told them they've been excellent but given that there are still another three games to go there's another nine points to be earned and they have to put in another push to finish second.
"The fans shouldn't get side-tracked by all my detractors, instead they should think about celebrating this great season given that we haven't been in the Champions League for 21 years."