Chievo Verona boss Eugenio Corini says he was convinced that he could keep the club in the top-flight when he arrived in October.
The former midfielder was given his first Serie A coaching role in the autumn after the Flying Donkeys dismissed Domenico Di Carlo after five straight defeats.
Despite having just three points from a possible 18 on the board at the time, Chievo ensured safety with a 1-0 win at Roma last night.
“If I was told that we would have the end of the season that we have been having then I probably would not have believed them,” he told Radio Sportiva.
“However, I’ve always believed in safety, even if I knew that it was always going to be a difficult championship for us.
“We have become a cohesive and combative team, we have managed to achieve what we have thanks to hard work.”
Chievo, who looked like a good bet to go down when Corini arrived at the Stadio Bentegodi, achieved salvation in style.
By winning at Roma on Tuesday, they completed a unique away-day capital double this season by becoming the first team to beat the Giallorossi and co-Olimpico inhabitants Lazio.
Only champions Juventus managed such a feat last season.