The Cagliari announced that he had entrusted the technical leadership of the first team to Walter Mazzarri, who has signed a contract with the club until 30 June 2024. At the same time, the assistant coach Claudio Bellucci, the athletic trainer Giuseppe Pondrelli, the technical collaborator Claudio Nitti and the match analyst Cristian Guerrini arrive in the rossoblù. Here is the note from the Sardinian club:
“Born in San Vincenzo (Livorno), on 1 October 1961, Mazzarri made his Serie A debut as a football player with the Cagliari shirt (September 1982). After his first experiences on the bench as assistant coach in Bologna and Naples, since 1996 in 1999, he led the Primavera degli Emiliani for two seasons, and then began to coach the first team of Acireale (2001-02) and Pistoiese (2002-03) in Serie C. In 2003-04 he jumped into the cadet championship : with Livorno he immediately gets promotion to Serie A thanks to the final third place. In the summer of 2007 he assumes the position of coach of Reggina: in the first two seasons in Calabria he leads the team to salvation; in the third he accomplishes a real feat sport, winning the stay in Serie A despite the initial 11 penalty points. In 2007-08 he moved to the Sampdoria bench: sixth place and qualification for the UEFA Cup. The following year the Sampdoria reached the third round of the competition and landed no to the Italian Cup final, lost only on penalties against Lazio. Since October 2009 he has been the coach of Napoli. Qualification in the Europa League in the first season and the following year brings the Neapolitans to third place, a goal that is worth the return of the Azzurri to the Champions League after twenty-one years of absence. The following year the team passed the group stage against Manchester City and Villarreal, second behind Bayern Munich, coming within a step of the quarter-finals. In the league, Napoli comes fifth, securing the Europa League play-offs. The pearl of the season is the victory of the Italian Cup won against Juventus in the final in Rome (2-0). The following year the Tuscan coach leads the group to second place in Serie A with 78 points: new direct qualification to the Champions League group. From 2013 to 2014 Mazzarri was at Inter: with him on the bench in his first season, the Nerazzurri finished fifth and qualified for the Europa League. In 2016 the transfer to Watford, in the Premier League, with which he obtains a peaceful salvation. In January 2018 he returned to Italy, at the helm of Torino, leading the team to a good ninth place. In the following season the grenades will arrive seventh, then participating in the Europa League preliminaries, after having even been in contention until the final stages of the championship for a place in the Champions League. Experience gained at the highest levels, both nationally – there are 462 benches in Serie A – and internationally. A proactive game, charisma and a lot of determination: a new challenge is starting now for Mr. Mazzarri. Good work, Walter! “.