Sampdoria patron Edoardo Garrone has apologised to fans after their relegation. “I never wanted to be here making this statement.”
The Blucerchiati's hopes of avoiding the drop evaporated after a 2-1 home defeat to Palermo, as Lecce won 2-0 at Bari.
After eight consecutive seasons in the top flight and the fact they were in the Champions League preliminary round in August, Samp are going into Serie B.
“I never wanted to be here making this statement,” said Garrone – the son of President Riccardo – in the Press room.
“It is such a sad moment and the fans do not deserve it. I am not here to comment on the game, as we must instead look at the overall – terrible – campaign.
“A series of errors were made and they have to be recognised. We take responsibility, but also reaffirm our commitment to Sampdoria, which remains unchanged.
“It is time to clean out the house and rebuild a team that can get back into Serie A as soon as possible.
“After so many years of great satisfaction at Sampdoria, this season ends with terrible disappointment.”
At the final whistle the players, particularly captain Angelo Palombo, were in floods of tears, but the crowd opted to applaud rather than jeer their team.
“I saw a banner in the stands that urged us to make Sampdoria great again. That is our promise. I most of all appreciated the behaviour of the fans today and they really did not deserve such disappointment.”