Friday May 16 2014
Miha: My future? After Udinese

Sinisa Mihajlovic says he will clarify his future only after Sampdoria’s closing League match with Udinese, as he reflects on the season.

The Serbian has faced increasing speculation over his future in recent weeks, amid the failure to so far sign a deal with Samp beyond this summer, whilst links to Lazio have emerged.

However, on from yesterday hinting that reports of an agreement to stay with the Blucerchiati may not be so wide of the mark, the Coach faced the media today with the subject first on the agenda.

“You surprised me, I did not expect this,” smiled Mihajlovic to reporters in response.

“To cut to the chase, for everything about the upcoming future I will respond only after the match with Udinese.

“We are hear to talk about the match tomorrow. The many rumours about the renewal? These are things that you write.”

And so attention turned to Samp’s closing fixture, which the team go into in bad form, having suffered five defeats from the last six, including a 5-2 thumping at home to Napoli last weekend.

“We have never been able to win against a big team, whilst there have been games where we could have made a difference and we have been unable to succeed.

“During the season we have expended a significant amount of energy and the decline is understandable.

“Starting from June one has more time to work, but it can’t be said that from the beginning one is good, because otherwise there would be no Coaches sacked.

“There will be greater chances to do well, though.

“This season? On the whole they have done well, otherwise we would not be in the position that we are in.

“Everyone did well, some could have done better, but the judgement overall is positive.

“Recent results though? The latest results are the ones you remember the most. As with all teams there are ups and downs, when there is a high you have to keep everyone in check.

“When there is a low you have to overcome that. This season we have had some downs, then ups, and downs, but we have still reached our objective.

“Samp have always played, this year. If we look at the defeat to Inter, for example, in the first half the Nerazzurri were only saved by a great goalkeeper.

“With Napoli, although we conceded five goals, we created a lot, but they were better at exploiting their opportunities.”