President Aurelio De Laurentiis has claimed Gennaro Gattuso and “hard work” will make sure Napoli are heading for “a bright future”.
Napoli parted ways with Carlo Ancelotti this month and the former coach has moved on to pastures new at Everton, but the turbulent start to the 2019-20 season has left a mark at the San Paolo.
In a Christmas letter to the fans, posted on Napoli’s official website, the patron revealed the “last few months” did not “bring us the satisfaction and success we have enjoyed in the past”.
“Dean Napoli fans,” he started. “At this festive time, we come together to share in the sincere joy and affection we feel for our loved ones and families.
“The last few months of the footballing year have not brought us the satisfaction and success we have enjoyed in the past, but I am sure that with the impetus of Gennaro Gattuso, the hard work of the team and our unity of purpose, we have a bright future ahead.
“My constant, unerring focus – and that of the entire club – is on ensuring that our present and future live up to our desires for our bellowed club.
“I want to spare a special thought for all those less-fortunate families who are struggling or going through times of suffering. I hope that this magical time of the year soothes their souls and brings serenity to their lives.
“I would like to personally wish all Napoli fans around the world a merry Christmas and a prosperous 2020.”