Ciro Immobile has admitted that he was surprised to learn that Genoa opted to sack Gigi De Canio on Monday.
“I read about the news and I then spoke to the Press officer,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “I wasn’t at training, so I didn’t know what was going on.
“The Coach always behaved well with everyone and I thank him for all that he has done for me,” added the Under-21 international.
“There was tension in the air after the Roma game, but only because of the 4-2 loss. I didn’t think there would be a change of Coach.”
Genoa had raced into a two-goal lead, but the Giallorossi hit back to collect a 4-2 win at the Stadio Ferraris.
De Canio has been replaced on the Marassi bench by Gigi Del Neri.
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's World Cup tipster competition - £10,000 to be won!