Ancelotti hints at ‘long time’ stay at the helm of Napoli
Carlo Ancelotti claims he is enjoying his time in charge of Napoli and is keen to stay at the helm ‘for a long time’.
The much-travelled 59-year-old Italian was appointed as Maurizio Sarri’s successor at Stadio San Paolo in the summer having been out of football since being sacked by Bayern Munich last September.
Ancelotti, who has also had spells in charge of other big clubs, such as Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, has guided Napoli to 10 wins and two draws from their opening 14 Serie A matches this term to put them second in the table behind Juve.
And, when quizzed about his future, it seems Ancelotti feels at home in Naples and could stay beyond the end of the three-year deal he penned in May.
He said: ‘I like many things about Naples. Obviously there’s the landscape and sunshine, but there’s also the Gulf of Naples, with Capri in front of you.
‘There’s the Vesuvius: you wake up in the morning and you have this exciting photograph in front of you.
‘The Neapolitan people are very helpful and don’t take themselves too seriously. They’re cheerful, helpful and open people.
‘I also like the passion behind this team, the passion and respect. Everyone thinks Naples is always exuberant and vocal.’
Ancelotti added: ‘I’d like to stay here very much. Perhaps Napoli have the characteristics to let me do so for a long time.’