New Sampdoria boss Beppe Iachini concedes that the squad is good enough to be fighting for promotion to Serie A.
Doria started the campaign as favourites for the Serie B championship following their shock relegation last term.
But the season has been a tough one so far and inconsistent results saw Gianluca Atzori axed on Sunday.
“Looking at the squad’s DNA, this side has an obligation to believe that they will be protagonists in the championship,” he noted.
“All of the players are valid, they just have to re-find that belief and confidence in their own ability to get back to being in an important League position.”
Doria are currently seventh in Serie B – 12 points behind leaders Torino – after five wins, seven draws and three losses.
“At Sampdoria I have the opportunity to win a new battle thanks to an important project,” continued the former Brescia tactician.
“I almost joined Samp as a player when Vujadin Boskov was in charge. Today I arrive as a Coach and I’ll try to get Samp back to where the club and its fans deserve.
“I promise the supporters hard work, seriousness and effort. We’ll come off the pitch having given our all in our attempts to win.”