Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti is seething at the poor state of the club’s San Paolo stadium, singling out the dressing rooms as an example of the “inadequacy and unprofessionalism” with which remodelling works were carried out.
The famous old ground is owned by the Comune di Napoli, Naples’ city council, but is synonymous with the Serie A club, who have played there since construction of the stadium finished in 1959.
This summer San Paolo underwent fresh rebuilding efforts as it hosted the Summer Universiade games, which saw its capacity reduced to 55,000 spectators.
But having been promised that work on the stadium would be finished just after the start of the Serie A season, Ancelotti was dismayed to see Napoli’s home in disarray.
“I saw the conditions of the San Paolo dressing rooms. I am speechless,” the veteran coach fired in a statement published on Napoli’s official website.
“I accepted the club’s request to play the first two matches of the season away from our home, so that the work could be completed, as promised.”
“You can build a house in two months and they were unable to refurbish the dressing rooms! Where are we supposed to change for the matches against Sampdoria and Liverpool?” he added.