The announcement of the FIGC. Gravina: “He’s the right man”
Luciano Spalletti will be presented on Saturday 2 September as the new coach of the national team. “On Saturday 2 September at 11, at the Federal Technical Center in Coverciano, the national coach Luciano Spalletti will be presented to the media. The new coach will meet the journalists together with the federal president Gabriele Gravina”, announces the FIGC. The presentation will come after the first calls signed by Spalletti. On September 1, the coach will issue the squad for the matches valid for the Euro 2024 qualifiers against North Macedonia (September 9 in Skopje) and Ukraine (September 12 in Milan).
“I chose Spalletti because he won the scudetto making Napoli and all those who love football excited, he is a strong and confident guide, he has experience and a brilliant game. But above all because, right from the first phone call, he showed contagious enthusiasm”. Gravina said today in an interview with Corriere della Sera.
“He’s a cutting-edge coach who always works to improve himself. The right man in the right place – underlined the number one of the Football Federation -. The first name I thought of. A romantic and thoughtful choice, perfect for what we have in the head: carry on the renewal by focusing on young people”.
Regarding the question of the clause that binds Spalletti to Napoli, Gravina explained: “At the beginning I didn’t even know of the existence of this document, I discovered it from the newspapers. Our lawyers reassured me: we could talk to him, the rest it’s a matter between Luciano and his old club.”
Spalletti was contacted by the president of Coni, Giovanni Malagò. For the national football team, “we have a few days to compact the environment and it seems to me that in a short time we have managed to do something very, very good: I heard Spalletti on the phone and he is very motivated, there are premises for starting over”. Malagò told Radio 1 Rai. “He presents himself with an important curriculum vitae. I don’t think there is anyone who does not agree with the nomination”.