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Ranieri says goodbye to Sampdoria and the fans


Ranieri says goodbye to Sampdoria and the fans

Claudio Ranieri has announced he will be leaving Sampdoria at the end of the season, after a year and a half in charge of the team.

Speaking ahead of the final league match against Parma, the coach revealed: “I informed the team this morning that I won’t be staying on next year but I want to thank everyone.

“The players have been superb, especially last year during the lockdown when they did a brilliant job training individually and we saw the results as we stayed up.

“We’ve had a good season this year. We’ve fought and scrapped and had some excellent performances, as well as a few poor ones, although that’s normal in football. I want to thank my players from the bottom of my heart.”

Ranieri also wished to honour the Sampdoria heroes who won the Scudetto in 1991, before ending with a word on the Blucerchiati faithful.

“I would like to pay tribute to the Italian champions of 30 years ago. That was a fantastic team, guided by Vujadin Boskov and above all president Paolo Mantovani, who made the Doria fans’ dream come true.

“Lastly, I want to thank the fans. It was really sad not having them at the stadium to see Sampdoria fighting for every ball, against all opponents. I hope they’ve liked having me as coach of Sampdoria.”

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