Napoli President Slams Ventura: ‘I Fired Him In Serie C After Three Months!’

The patron was livid at the fact Insigne was used only for 15 minutes over two legs of the World Cup play-off with Sweden and that was in a brand new central midfield role.

“(FIGC President Carlo) Tavecchio is the only real responsible for all this, because he kept hold of a Coach who is very good, but I fired in Serie C after three months,” De Laurentiis told Sky Sport Italia.

Ventura was at the helm of Napoli for a brief period from July 2004 to January 2005, when the club was still in Serie C following bankruptcy.

“Why bother calling Insigne up on international duty if you are going to play him out of position? This way, you are wasting his time and financially damaging the club too, because it makes it look as if Insigne is a worse player than he really is.

“You can’t have a Coach who plays 4-2-4 and tries to push Insigne or others into that system, because he gives his best in 4-3-3. Clubs give up their players because international duty is a shop window, but it can become a negative too.

“Those people who only superficially watch the Italy games will then say, oh, these players aren’t as talented as they say and that lowers their market value. Are we clubs then supposed to demand financial damages from Tavecchio and the FIGC?”

Insigne has scored six goals with five assists in 18 competitive appearances for Napoli this season, all on the left wing of a 4-3-3 trident attack.

So far, both Ventura and FIGC President Tavecchio have refused to hand in their resignations.

“If I were Tavecchio, I’d resign straight away to not look like an idiot, but he’s not the only one. There is also director Michele Uva and the CONI. If they signed Antonio Conte and were unable to keep hold of him, then clearly they did something wrong too.

“I’d like to see a Coach on the Italy bench who is no older than 35 years of age.”

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