Napoli have appointed former Roma and Inter Milan manager Luciano Spalletti as the successor of Gennaro Gattuso in Naples, Italy.

Gattuso decided to step down from his job with Napoli after the club failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League after a final-day draw against Hellas Verona that led to them finishing fifth in Serie A. The Italian legend has since taken over at another Serie A club – Fiorentina.

Spalletti returns to management for the first time since he was sacked by Inter Milan in 2019.

“Welcome, Luciano – we’ll do great work together,” said Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis.

Spalletti’s arrival brings a wealth of experience to the club in comparison to Gattuso. The Italian has managed 482 Serie A games and won two Italian Cups and a Super Cup with AS Roma, in addition to two Russian league titles and a cup win in his time at Zenit St Petersburg.

It is the latest managerial change in the Italian top flight this week as Juventus reappointed former boss Massimiliano Allegri to replace Andrea Pirlo, while Antonio Conte left Inter Milan after winning the Serie A title and is set to be replaced by former Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi.