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Football: Rafael Benitez appointed Napoli coach

Published on May 28, 2013 6:14 AM
 
Chelsea's Spanish interim manager Rafael Benitez listens to a question from a journalist during a press conference at the club's training complex near Cobham, southern England, on March 13, 2013, on the eve of Chelsea's UEFA Europa League second leg match against FC Steaua Bucharest in London. Rafael Benitez was appointed coach of Serie A side Napoli on Monday the club president announced. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

ROME (AFP) - Rafael Benitez was appointed coach of Serie A side Napoli on Monday the club president announced.

The 53-year-old Spaniard - whose previous experience in Serie A was a painful short-lived spell with Inter Milan - had been widely expected to be named and Napoli supremo Aurelio De Laurentiis tweet confirmed that to be the case.

"Rafa Benitez is the new coach of Napoli," tweeted De Laurentiis, whose side finished runners-up in the recently finished Serie A season.

"He is a man of experience and a true leader." Benitez, who had also been linked with French champions Paris Saint-Germain, had a successful spell in charge of Chelsea after replacing the sacked Champions League winning coach Roberto di Matteo.

 
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