Ciro Ferrrara has thanked his former Italian Under-21 players for helping him get the job at Sampdoria.
Ferrara was appointed at Marassi earlier this month after he was convinced to step down from his post with the Italian Football Federation.
“If I am here today then I owe it to them, that is without exception and even to those players who I left at home,” the Neapolitan stated from the club’s Bardonecchia training base.
“There was a really strong spirit within the squad, a sensation that we were hard to beat on any ground where we played.
“It’s disappointing that I had to leave the job half done, but I can’t stop thanking those who helped me to be noticed – the Federation, Arrigo Sacchi and Maurizio Viscidi.
“I was contacted by other clubs over the last two years, but this was an opportunity which was too important to miss.
“Serie A is home to Sampdoria and we’ll look to maintain our status with all of our strength.”
Ferrara does have his doubters though given that he was sacked at Juventus during the 2009-10 campaign.
“A lot was said about my inexperience when I was at Juve,” he continued. “It’s true that I had never coached a club when appointed, but I was part of Marcello Lippi’s staff at the 2006 World Cup.
“A lot of focus is placed on that when people judge me, but the argument needs to be expanded.
“It’s not nice to say so, but, apart from Antonio Conte, those who followed me at Juventus were unable to take the team on to certain levels.
“My spell at Juventus was of fundamental experience to me though – even if it ended badly.”
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