In an interview in today’s Corriere dello Sport, Napoli’s Aurelio De Laurentiis was clear in his criticism of the way former manager Maurizio Sarri left the club. Ahead of Wednesday’s Coppa Italia final pitting them against each other, the club president described the Juventus manager as a “historic rival”.
“He infuriated me with the vulgar excuse of money – he forced me to change, and he still had another two years on his contract. I remember in February [of Sarri’s final year], he invited me to lunch in Tuscany, near his house, and we spoke of many things but not about ending or a separation. He left it until the day before the final game, creating uncertainty within the club.”