WATCH: Napoli fans return stolen Fiat Panda steering wheel to Luciano Spalletti following manager's exit announcement

Luciano Spalletti Napoli Fiat Panda steering wheelGetty/GOAL/TW Carloalvino
  • Spalletti gifted steering wheel
  • Was stolen by ultras in protest back in 2021
  • Italian to take year-long sabbatical

WHAT HAPPENED? The Italian coach helped the Partenopei to only the third Scudetto in the club's history, finishing top of Serie A by a mammoth 16 points. Spalletti announced that he would be taking a year-long sabbatical after Napoli's triumphant league run, and was gifted an usual item by the club's hardline fanbase - a steering wheel from his own Fiat Panda.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Napoli's ultras reportedly stole Spalletti's steering wheel back in October 2021, before unveiling a banner in May 2022 after their title collapse to Milan and Inter, which read: "We'll give it back to you, all you have to do is leave". With Spalletti finally on his way out - albeit after ending their 33-year wait for a league title - the club's hardline fanbase returned the wheel in a humorous gesture, alongside CDs of Neapolitan singer Pino Daniele which were also stolen from his car in 2021.

WHAT NEXT FOR NAPOLI? While Spalletti takes a year out from the game, the Serie A champions are on the lookout for a new manager. Former Barcelona and Spain boss Luis Enrique is thought to be among the frontrunners.

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