May 19, 2013
Walter Mazzarri resigned after leading Napoli to a second place in this year's Serie A.
Paolo Giovannini/AP

ROME (AP) -- Walter Mazzarri has quit as Napoli coach following the final match of a Serie A season that ended with the team finishing runner-up.

Mazzarri had been in charge of Napoli for four seasons and steered the team to the Champions League for the second time in three years.

He says "at this point I think it is only right to either change scenery or have some time off. If offers come in then I will evaluate them. If I have the right adrenaline and motivation then I'll do it, otherwise I'll stay at home.''

Mazzari adds "I had already made the decision some time ago ... which is why I turned down a contract extension.''

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis says "you will know the new coach via Twitter.''

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