Serie A champions Napoli have given head coach Rudi Garcia four matches to save his job after a difficult start to the season.
The French manager was only appointed by the Neapolitans in June but according to the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport is already on borrowed time at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Rudi Garcia on borrowed time at Napoli
The Neapolitans have only managed two wins from their first five league matches in their title defence with their performances not hitting anywhere near the heights seen under previous coach Luciano Spalletti.
According to reports, Udinese head coach Igor Tudor is waiting in the wings to take over from Garcia after Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis took to Twitter on Sunday night to state, “Napoli starts again from Bologna. Well done everyone”.
Il Napoli riparte da Bologna. Bravi tutti!
— AurelioDeLaurentiis (@ADeLaurentiis) September 24, 2023
The ruthless De Laurentiis sent a similar message about Carlo Ancelotti four years ago in an apparent backing of the Italian manager. A fortnight later, Ancelotti was sacked.
Garcia now has four matches to keep his job- Serie A matches against Udinese, Lecce, and Fiorentina, and a Champions League home tie against Real Madrid- before De Laurentiis makes his next move.