Economic expert in the area of sport, Marco Bellinazzo held an interview with Il Mattino on the club’s economic situation and future. Here are some parts highlighted by CalcioNapoli24:
If Napoli have managed to stay in the mix with the top clubs, it is only due to the technical value of the team and not the club’s organization. Soon it won’t be able to continue to fight off the attacks of stronger clubs.
It’s always a matter regarding the stadium situation. Having your own quality stadium means increasing your revenue by 30 percent. In its current state, Napoli lose about 10 to 15 million a year. Sooner or later they won’t be able to compete with the big clubs in Italy and Europe.
On De Laurentiis’ hesitancy
It’s obvious that investing in a stadium requires a lot of money and for you to have a 5 year or 10 year plan. If the president isn’t interested, it’s probably because his intention is to sell the club shortly.
On the possibility of simply lacking the funds
This is true. It’s not an investment he couldn’t face alone but I don’t think it would be difficult to find willing business partners. If you aren’t interested in the long term, then it’s much easier to go on renting a space and not take on additional costs.
On the other teams making progress
All of them are. Let’s put aside the fact that Juventus has over 500 employees. This shows you the strength of a club that doesn’t limit itself only to the players on the pitch. Look at Roma, even if they’ve had problems with the city, they are making progress. Atalanta has bought their stadium, Fiorentina, Bologna is getting started on a restyling. They all recognize the need to increase the services offered and the number of spectators. Napoli, on the other hand, rests where it is and becomes weaker.