Sinisa Mihajlovic has confirmed his departure from Sampdoria following the final game of the Serie A season, paving the way for a potential move to Napoli.
The Serb, head coach at Stadio Luigi Ferraris since November 2013, guided Sampdoria to a seventh-place finish this term, with their European qualification dependant on the outcome of sixth-placed Genoa’s appeal for a UEFA licence.
Mihajlovic has been heavily linked with a move to Napoli, who played their final game under Rafael Benitez on Sunday, and announced his exit in an open letter on Sampdoria’s website.
“Dear fans of Sampdoria, I come to you at a most difficult time, having to say goodbye,” wrote Mihajlovic.
“On November 21, 2013, I took over a team in a very difficult situation, low in the table, discouraged, and in crisis.
“I leave now with the team seventh, after having been third at the end of the first round of fixtures.
“I don’t know if you will go into the Europe League, it depends on official documents… But, beyond the ranking, I am most proud of something else: to leave a team that today is self-confident, courageous, and able to face every opponent head-on.”