Sinisa Mihajlovic has officially left the Serbia job and will begin work as Coach of Sampdoria tomorrow.
“In recent days questions were raised over my future, because my contract was due to expire at the end of the month,” said Mihajlovic.
“Out of respect for Russia and the journalists, I stayed quiet until the final two games were played, but 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. 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 are currently without a tactician, as they fired Delio Rossi on November 11 and are in the hands of caretaker manager Francesco Pedone.
The Blucerchiati notched up only two wins, three draws and seven defeats in Serie A this season.
Mihajlovic’s final match in charge of Serbia was a friendly against a team chosen by local journalists.
This is a return to Marassi for the former Fiorentina and Catania Coach, as he was a player at Sampdoria from 1994 to 1998.