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Sinisa Mihajlovi Leaves Sampdoria

sinisa-mihajlovicSampdoria head coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has confirmed he will leave the Serie A club, paving the way for a potential move to Napoli where he will replace Rafa Benitez, who is heading to Real Madrid.

Mihajlovic has been at Samp since November 2013 having previously coached Bologna, Catania, Fiorentina and Serbia’s national team. He guided Sampdoria to a seventh-place finish this season, with their European qualification dependant on the outcome of sixth-placed Genoa’s appeal for a UEFA licence.

Mihajlovic announced his exit in an open letter on Sampdoria’s website today saying:.

“These are my last words as coach of Sampdoria,” he wrote.

“On 21 November 2013, I took a team in a very difficult situation, bottom of the table, discouraged [and] in crisis. I leave you seventh and, if it goes well, in the Europa League.

“But, beyond the rank, I am proud of another thing: to leave a team that today is self-confident, courageous, able to face head-on each opponent.

“Those who come after me will find a team that knows the meaning of commitment, professionalism, hard work and give their best in training and in matches.

“That is the best legacy I can leave. I am proud of the work done in these two years and I believe the club and the fans should also be.

“It would be easy to stay here: I know I’m appreciated by the club and fans. But I think it would be unfair to my growth and perhaps also for the team.

“I set myself a goal, and I achieved it. Now I look for another challenge.”

Former Italy goalkeeper Walter Zenga and Empoli coach Maurizio Sarri have been mentioned as possible replacements for Mihajlovic at Sampdoria.