Delio Rossi was dismissed from his post as head coach at Sampdoria on November 11th, with i Blucerchiati sitting 18th, just three points above bottom side Chievo. Only nine points from the first 12 games have not gone down well with the powers that be, nor the fans, at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, with the last straw coming at Rossi’s old stomping ground, Fiorentina, on the day of his dismissal.
Following the loss, Rossi had hinted at a breakdown in working relationships behind the scenes at the club, saying: “If there is a time where you do not feel that the trust is there, you should not wait to see how things unfold. I am a man of the world and I think that if the confidence is there, then it is normal that one continues, but if it is not, then it is better to end the rapport regardless of the results.”
The news has sparked a betting frenzy on who will replace the 52-year-old, with websites such as Canadian Betting.ca advising prospective punters on the latest odds doing the rounds. With Sampdoria looking like definite relegation candidates in various media outlets, the club could be facing a second relegation from the top flight of Italian football in three seasons – a fate at one time considered unthinkable for one of Italy’s traditional top clubs.
The change of personnel in the dugout, however, represents a definite opportunity for the club to wipe the slate clean and start again – albeit with a considerable mountain to climb if they hope to return to the higher echelons of the table.
Zdeněk Zeman and Siniša Mihajlović are two names who have been linked with the post, but neither seem to capture the imagination of the club’s fans. Of the two, Mihajlović would certainly seem to offer slightly more, and could almost be seen as a solution to keep Doria in the top flight, but for the fans, the prospect of watching their team play in the style Mihajlović – another former Fiorentina boss – does not truly seem to appeal.
Keep your eye on your preferred news outlets for any updates on the situation, and of course Football Italiano will bring you all the latest news as it happens as well.