SSC Napoli have held talks with Gennaro Gattuso over the possibility of replacing Carlo Ancelotti at the helm, with speculation arising that the latter could be relieved of his duties as early as this month.
A bitter feud broke out between the club's owner Aurelio De Laurentiis and his playing squad and coaching staff, after the players' refusal to attend a training retreat following a run of poor results.
Ancelotti and his squad refused to cave in to the owner's demands, with the futures of a number of key stars, as well as the manager, coming under huge uncertainty in the wake of the fallout. The issues have failed to subside, with some of the players falling victim to vandalism in recent weeks from club ultras. Results have done little to help either, in what is a testing time for the Italian outfit.
On the pitch, Napoli have failed to win any of their last eight matches in all competitions, with their most recent disappointing slip up being a miserable home loss to Bologna in Serie A.
All these issues combined have led to reports from various Italian outlets suggesting that Gattuso is being lined up to replace Ancelotti as manager.
Firstly, Sky Italy claim (via Football Italia) that Ancelotti will be fortunate to survive the season, with the current run of results drastically reducing his time in the hotseat. That is added to by claims that Gattuso is the primary candidate to assume the position, possessing the qualities and 'firmness' required to halt their dreadful run.
Calcio Mercato have gone even further by suggesting that talks between Gattuso and Napoli have already taken place after director of sport Cristiano Giuntoli contacted the 41-year-old over the last 48 hours in order to discuss his availability - which could be either immediately or after the season.
Meanwhile, suggestions on Radio Marte, also via Football Italia, are that De Laurentiis has already made up his mind to sack Ancelotti on 10th December, following their final Champions League group match with Genk.
Gattuso has been out of work since his contract at AC Milan was terminated by mutual consent over the summer, after missing out on Europe's elite club competition by a single point.
Since then, he has been linked with taking over at Fiorentina should Vincenzo Montella be sacked - although Napoli appear to be making their move ahead of what appears to be an inevitable end for Ancelotti.