Sampdoria Officially Appoint Stankovic as New Coach

It took an extra day to sort out the bureaucracy, but Sampdoria have indeed hired Dejan Stankovic to succeed Marco Giampaolo on the bench. The Serbian gaffer takes over a squad that currently sits at the bottom of the standings, having collected just two points in eight fixtures.

As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, the new boss inked a seasonal contract with €7/800k wages. It includes an option for an automatic renewal and a pay bump if they avoid relegation. More time was required to put pen to paper because of the club’s current ownership structure. The agreement had to go through the board of directors and the trustee. In addition, the manager is extra-EU and had to a apply for a work permit.

Stankovic arrives at Sampdoria after three seasons at Red Star Belgrade, where he won the championship each time. He resigned in August because they once again failed to qualify for the group stage of the Champions League. He managed 133 matches in his home country, collecting 104 wins, 20 draws, and 9 losses.

The former midfielder got his start on the bench at Udinese as an assistant to Andrea Stramaccioni in 2014. He then served as the club manager at Inter for two years with Roberto Mancini at the helm. He also spent time at UEFA as a consultant.

Our Take on Sampdoria Hiring Stankovic

It’s an intriguing choice, as the pool of free agent gaffers isn’t particularly juicy. Despite the risk of picking somebody with no previous Serie A experience, he comes in with a fairly strong resume and reputation. They have the horses to play his go-to 4-2-3-1 scheme. The roster is fine and experienced, but they desperately need to turn up the intensity.

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