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Napoli have sacked manager Roberto Donadoni and replaced him with former Sampdoria coach Walter Mazzarri.

The decision to fire Donadoni comes in the wake of the 2-1 defeat to Roma on Sunday, a result that left them in 15th position in the Serie A standings having collected just seven points from seven games.

A statement from the club read: “Napoli announce they have released Roberto Donadoni from the role of head coach and appointed in his place Walter Mazzarri.

“The club want to thank Donadoni for the work done in these months and wish him the best of luck for the future.”

Donadoni, who was under contract with Napoli until June 2011, has endured a difficult spell since taking charge replacing Edy Reja last March – winning just four of 17 matches.

The former Italy boss becomes the second coach to be replaced this season in Serie A, following Luciano Spalletti’s departure from Roma last month.

“It was a decision that had to be taken in order to give a new spark to the azzurri season and for the future of the team,” Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentis said.

Mazzarri’s has not worked since leaving Sampdoria shortly after guiding them to 13th last season. The 47-year-old’s first match in charge will be against Bologna on October 18.

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