Gennaro Gattuso is destined to leave Napoli this summer but, according to Calciomercato, his destination won’t be Wolverhampton Wanderers.
There are usually three reasons why a manager leaves. One, he has done so well he’s offered a job higher up the football pyramid. Two, he’s given the sack after a disastrous run of form.
And three, following a prolonged period of success, things have grown a bit stale.
Could option number three explain the current malaise at Wolves?
Nuno Espirito Santo will always have a place in the heart of Wolves supporters after dragging the Black Country giants from the middle of the Championship to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
However, a miserable 2020/21 campaign has felt like a step in the wrong direction, with an ambitious, expensively assembled Wolves side closer to the relegation zone than the top six.
There are mitigating factors, of course. Diogo Jota and Matt Doherty were spirited away last summer, while Raul Jimenez’s ongoing absence has hit Wolves like a bullet train.
But it’s difficult to escape the feeling that Nuno – a look of unease etched permanently on his face – would benefit from some time away from the pressures of modern management.
Tuttomercatoweb broke the news last month, suggesting Wolves will turn to Gattuso if they do decide to go in another direction.
And, according to Calciomercato, the 2006 World Cup winner will be packing his bags in the summer following an underwhelming campaign at the Stadio San Paolo.
The report claims, however, that Lazio will be Gattuso’s destination rather than Molineux.
The Biancocelesti are looking for a fresh start themselves after five largely excellent years under Simone Inzaghi. And Gattuso, a hurricane of a man famed for his forceful personality and insatiable will to win, feels like exactly the kind of coach capable of shaking a squad out of its stupor.