Roberto Mancini would be perfect fit for Napoli

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Roberto Mancini would be the perfect replacement for Rafael Benitez at Napoli if the Spaniard is sacked after a poor start to the new season.

The Italian, who has been without a job since parting company with Galatasaray back in June, is the leading candidate and is reportedly held in high regard by club president Aurelio de Laurentiis, despite him professing his faith in the Benitez regime less than two weeks ago.

Vincenzo Montella is another possible successor but forcing him to leave current club Fiorentina could prove difficult.

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Negative Napoli

Napoli’s season hit a brand new low on Sunday with a shock 1-0 defeat to Chievo in Naples.

Gonzalo Higuain, their top scorer last season and star for Argentina at the World Cup, missed a penalty, with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon also blowing numerous chances as the game slipped away.

The loss came just mere weeks after being beaten over two legs by Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao in a result that ensured the group stages of the Champions League be a stage too far for them this time around.

AC Milan, Juventus and AS Roma have all started flawlessly with two wins from two games, and despite battling to a 2-1 win in Genoa on match day one, Napoli lie eighth in the table.

Mancini magic

Although his time in Turkey ended bitterly, Mancini boasts the pedigree that would make him a fantastic choice if the curtain comes crashing down on Benitez’s time in the job.

During his younger days he led both Fiorentina and Lazio to the Coppa Italia in 2001 and 2004, but it was at the San Siro with Inter Milan where his career really took flight.

The match-fixing scandal of 2006 gifted him a maiden Scudetto – Juventus had originally ran out winners but saw it torn from their grasp by authorities – with further league successes in 2007 and 2008.

Led by the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Patrick Vieira and Luis Figo there was also more Coppa Italia glory in 2005 and 2006 as the Italian laid the foundations in which Jose Mourinho would later build upon and thrive.

Manchester misery

After being replaced by Mourinho at Inter he was entrusted with the task of making Manchester City a European superpower.

To do that he was a big player in the transfer market, and helped bring in Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, Vincent Kompany and many others that have made the club the giants they are today.

Mancini oversaw them end their long, agonising wait for silverware with a 1-0 victory over Stoke City in the FA Cup final in 2011. He also delivered them a maiden Premier League title the following year with Aguero winning them the trophy with almost the last kick of the season.

Manchester United wrestled their crown back in 2013 thanks to the glut of goals from chief City target Robin van Persie, and with City also losing the FA Cup final to lowly Wigan Athletic the Italian was relieved of his duties before the final Premier League game of the season.

What next?

Mancini has shown in the past that with a wonderful and willing squad he can lead them to glory on the domestic front.

Boasting the likes of Higuain, Insigne, Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik make them one of the biggest teams in Italy, something that could see them win the league title with somebody other than Benitez.

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