New Sampdoria coach Delio Rossi admits fans' passion persuaded him to take job
New Sampdoria coach Delio Rossi has claimed the emotion of the club's fans convinced him to take the job.
Last Updated: 18/12/12 3:58pm
The ex-Lazio boss was asked to replace Ciro Ferrara on Monday afternoon, with a run of two wins from 14 games leaving promoted Samp just three points clear of the relegation zone.
Rossi was in charge of Palermo in May 2011 when a 2-1 away victory at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris consigned Sampdoria to Serie B for the first time since 2002.
And at his unveiling in Bogliasco today, the 52-year-old recalled the pull he felt towards the club and its fans on that day.
He told Gazzetta.it: "I hold this club in very high esteem and I hope to rise to the occasion.
"I have been approached several times by Sampdoria but the deal was not completed until yesterday. I decided to say yes immediately. We agreed over the phone and I signed up for six months.
"I know one thing that impressed me was the day of Sampdoria's relegation in 2011.
"I was coaching Palermo but I watched 20,000 fans applaud their relegated players and I thought to myself 'I want to come here'."
Rossi might have accepted the vacant position at Sampdoria in June had he not been serving a three-month suspension for his final actions as Fiorentina boss.
Rossi was sacked for attempting to punch midfielder Adem Ljajic when the Bosnian sarcastically applauded his own substitution.
He said: "It was a gesture that seemed more relevant than it probably was. I apologised for it, but my time there was over from that moment. I still have good memories of Florence."
Rossi's first assignment is a Serie A match against his former club Lazio at home this Saturday.