New Sampdoria boss Sinisa Mihajlovic is convinced he can keep the club in the Italian top flight.
The outfit are presently in the relegation zone having collected just nine points from 12 games under the now sacked Delio Rossi.
“I’m happy to be back here – it’s like coming home,” Mihajlovic, who spent four years as a player with the outfit, stated at his presentation.
“The players have everything that is needed to get out of this moment.
“I’m convinced that we can survive, but to do so we will need passion, strength and honour. It won’t be easy, but I don’t give up – ever. We’ll do what we can do by staying united.”
The 44-year-old, who left his job as the Serbian national Coach this week, made it clear that he was looking for commitment.
“I don’t want to hear talk about the transfer market or contracts, there is a shirt to wear and honour here,” he added. “Whoever puts this shirt on has to do so with pride.
“Everyone has to take on their own responsibility. A goal or a misplaced pass doesn’t mean too much for me. But if I see that players are not giving their all then I get really annoyed.
“I’ll always pick those who I consider to be in the best form. That includes Enzo Maresca, if he’s in good shape then he’ll play.”
The midfielder didn’t feature in the first team plans of Rossi, but may now be re-integrated after failing to secure a summer move.
Mihajlovic’s first two games in charge will be against Lazio and Inter – two clubs he played for – and then Catania – a side he has bossed.