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.