Sergio Conceiçao, new Napoli coach
Sergio Conceiçao will be Napoli’s new coach. The former player arrives at the Italian club as an official replacement for Gennaro Gattuso after many defeats. This move is expected to overcome the bad season experienced by the team.
Conceiçao’s performance history
Until now, Sergio Conceiçao was in charge of Porto. He had been with the club for a total of four consecutive seasons. The coach’s performance there was quite favorable, enough for Napoli to become interested.
Under Conceiçao, Porto had two important achievements. The first was to finish second in the league, second only to Sporting. At the same time, the club managed to enter the Champions League. And it advanced in the competition by beating elite teams such as Juventus.
It was in the quarterfinals that the team found defeat against Chelsea. Despite this, to have made it this far represents a milestone not only for the coach, but also for Porto.
Napoli suffered a very tough season. Apart from many defeats, it was the end of the season that finally sealed the change of coach. The club was out of the Champions League, although the management put a lot of effort into the last matchday.
There had to be a solution to such a steep decline. And Napoli found it in Conceiçao. Of course, the change came too late for the current season, but not for the next one. In that sense, the team has a few months to rebuild and restructure before returning to the field.
Conceiçao, from player to coach
For Sergio Conceiçao, the new opportunity represents a triumphant return to Italy. He has already played there for clubs such as Inter Milan and Parma. His return, now as coach, comes with great expectations from Napoli.