Napoli’s fans are known to be a frustrated group, sick of almost’s and what if’s. For example, this past week, after a greatly performed 2-0 win against Frosinone to put Napoli eight points clear in 2nd place, Jose Callejon threw his shirt into the crowd at the final whistle only to have it launched right back at him by the Napoli ultras, signifying that they are continuing their protest against Napoli’s owner, Antonio De Laurentiis.
The fans have stated their unhappiness with the way the club is being overseen by the owner, by hanging a banner in one of the biggest squares in Naples, basically stating that “Ancelotti is the latest chosen to take the fans for a ride with no real project”.
The fans of the Partenopei are tired of coming close to winning trophies, as they demand a lot from their club and for good reason. Napoli are a side capable of winning trophies in Italy. Aside from their two Coppa Italia’s in 2012 and 2014, respectively, they have not won anything worth mentioning since the Diego Maradona era.
However, things could be worse. Napoli have not missed European competition for quite some time, and they are known to be one of the best football clubs in Italy. Of course, it is a challenge for any team to compete with a team like Juventus in the transfer market, with the Old Lady being the main target for big footballing names to come and enjoy their playing career in a beautiful country like Italy.
The players and staff of the club feel the tension and pressure of the fans in Fuorigrotta. But there is a pattern with the fans and their managers. The fans loved Rafa Benitez at first, but he ended up leaving the club one year after winning a Coppa Italia with them because the fans seem to take their anger out on their manager once the team sees a dip in form. The same happened with Maurizio Sarri, aside from the trophy winning bit. Napoli’s fans should be cautious with their attitude towards their club, because with some time and belief, Ancelotti can lead Napoli to great things.