Sinisa Mihajlovic has declared publicly that he will take the reins at Sampdoria after stepping down from his role as Serbia head coach.
The 44-year-old had been connected with his former club, for whom he made over 100 appearances as a player, ever since they parted company with Delio Rossi earlier this month and he has made confirmations that he will be returning to Italy for a fourth coaching stint.
“In recent days questions were raised over my future, because my contract was due to expire at the end of the month,” Mihajlovic told reporters.
“After talks with the federation I decided that I will no longer be the coach of Serbia. I make this decision with much regret, because I set up a new generation and a new team for Serbia who have bright prospects.
“I accepted the invitation from Sampdoria, where I played for four years.”
Mihajlovic went on making suggestion that regardless of the approach from Sampdoria,he would have left Serbia
“I want to emphasise that Sampdoria’s call had little influence on my decision as I left because federation president Tomislav Karadzic and secretary Zoran Lakovic could not guarantee they would stay in their roles.
“I leave the door open to maybe one day come back and be coach of Serbia again.”
Sampdoria is currently 18th in Serie A, having with only two wins this season.