Napoli boss won't quit despite club crisis

Carl Markham
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti says while he enjoys the trust of the club and players he won't quit

Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti insists he has never considered resigning during his 30-year managerial career and won't do so now despite the turmoil affecting the Serie A club.

Italian media refer to a civil war which is currently crippling Liverpool's Champions League opponents with president Aurelio De Laurentiis reportedly fining every player 25 per cent of their monthly salary after they refused to attend a squad training retreat earlier this month.

Napoli's press officer made a statement before their pre-match conference at Anfield explaining the club had refused to speak to the press in recent weeks but would "make an exception" for the Champions League.

It led to a number of searching questions, including Ancelotti being asked outright whether he had considered resigning.

"It's not something I've ever done," said the 60-year-old.

"I guess when things that need to be evaluated and assessed, the confidence and trust the club has expressed its faith in me I think, the players have faith as well.

"Perhaps if the club doesn't trust me and doesn't have confidence then I might think about it or if the players don't trust me I might think about it but that's never happened to me, I've never picked up on that kind of signal, it's never happened in 30-odd years and it's not happening now."

Earlier in the day Liverpool boss Juergen Klopp was asked what advice he could give Ancelotti over the current crisis.

Klopp said Ancelotti was the one manager who did not need guidance from anyone but the Italian disagreed, saying: "I can say that he is one of the few people I would accept advice from, absolutely!"

Napoli, who 11 months ago suffered disappointment at Anfield when they missed out on the knockout stage with a 1-0 defeat in their final group match, could qualify with a game to spare if Red Bull Salzburg fail to beat Genk.