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Mazzarri: My Napoli future is uncertain

May 7, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Napoli boss Walter Mazzarri does not know if he will still be at the club next season, despite taking the club to the brink of Champions League football for the first time.

Walter Mazzarri Napoli
GettyImagesWalter Mazzarri has guided Napoli to Champions League football

Mazzarri, 49, joined Napoli in October 2009 and guided them to a sixth-place finish in Serie A in his first season, with chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis rewarding him for his efforts with a contract that runs until 2013.

The former Sampdoria boss has continued to build Napoli into a force in Serie A and the Partenopei - currently third in the league, eight points clear of fourth-placed Lazio - look certain to seal Champions League qualification, having also maintained a title push for much of the season.

It would be the first time Napoli have competed at Europe's top table since 1990, when a Diego Maradona-inspired side were knocked out by Spartak Moscow in the second round of the European Cup.

But whether Mazzarri will be the man to lead Napoli in next season's Champions League remains to be seen after he revealed that he is undecided about his future at the San Paolo.

"I've told the club, my future is uncertain. I've informed the club about this and about the things that perplex me about staying here," Mazzarri said.

"I'll tell you at the end of the season [if I stay or go] but I won't take the decision on my own because I have an ongoing contract. I find myself in a Kafkaesque situation where people try to twist the sense of my words."

But Mazzarri preferred to focus on Napoli's success on the pitch, insisting that his players are ready to secure Champions League qualification with victory over Lecce on Sunday.

"I spoke to the players during training and told them they've been excellent but given that there are still another three games to go there's another nine points to be earned and they have to put in another push to finish second," Mazzarri said.

"The fans shouldn't get side-tracked by all my detractors, instead they should think about celebrating this great season given that we haven't been in the Champions League for 21 years."