Ex-Sampdoria hero Roberto Mancini is upset at their relegation. “They couldn't find a way out of the tunnel.”
The Blucerchiati were mathematically doomed to Serie B after a 2-1 home defeat to Palermo on Sunday afternoon.
“As a Sampdoria fan, I am disappointed,” Manchester City manager Mancini told La Stampa newspaper.
“A couple of months ago some friends from Genoa told me it was going to end this way. I said they shouldn't exaggerate with their pessimism, but they were right.
“The team got into a situation and couldn't find a way out of the tunnel. Perhaps they weren't prepared. Don't forget when you start the season on August 10 for the Champions League preliminary round, you need to be ready for a long campaign. That's why the last 10 rounds were disastrous.”
Mancini looked to blame the club above all else, especially after selling Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini in January.
“They were important players who could resolve a game in difficult moments. If Cassano and Pazzini were still in the squad, I don't think Samp would've ended up in Serie B.
“Having said that, the Garrone family lifted this club when it was in crisis and will do so again by rebuilding this side.”
Mancini and Gianluca Vialli were the stars when Sampdoria won the Scudetto 20 years ago.
“Nobody expects to follow that, as those days are long gone. There has been another relegation since then and it wasn't a total disaster. Samp will rise again.”