Radrizzani’s Sampdoria revolution: What will the new Blucerchiati look like?

Sampdoria had a horrid 2022/23 with off-field issues hanging over the club. Now, though, the Blucerchiati are set for an exciting fresh start in Serie B and things are already looking up.

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Sampdoria will undertake several changes after Andrea Radrizzani acquired the club from former owner Massimo Ferrero, and the former Leeds United patron has landed a major coup by appointing Andrea Pirlo as coach.

The Blucerchiati finished on the bottom of the Serie A table at the end of the 2022/23 campaign, but they were able to avoid bankruptcy, and will participate in Serie B next season. Meanwhile, the legendary midfielder has returned to Italy after a year with Fatih Karagumruk in Turkey.

Pirlo has signed a two-year contract to coach Sampdoria with an automatic option for a third if earns promotion to Serie A. After taking charge of Juventus in the 2020/21 season, this is his second senior coaching role in Italian football.

A drum in Sampdoria’s Gradinata Sud. (@sampdoria_en)

Pirlo secures Sampdoria role after Grosso rejects it

Pirlo has been appointed coach of Sampdoria, but the job could have gone to his former Italy teammate Fabio Grosso. Early reports in the Italian press suggested that the former Frosinone tactician was set to be appointed as Sampdoria coach, but he has since rejected the role.

Pirlo implemented an attacking style of play at Juventus as well as Fatih Karagumruk, and he promoted some youngsters while he was with the Bianconeri. Considering that Samp have to cut costs in Serie B, the 44-year-old should have some freedom to promote some starlets and impose his offensive tactics.

According to calciomercato.com, the new Sampdoria board will be tasked with reducing the wage bill from €30 million down to €24-25 million, and this will require selling some players or requesting pay cuts.

Audero and Augello could leave Sampdoria, Gabbiadini wants to stay

Goalkeeper Emil Audero is wanted by Empoli, Lazio, Fiorentina, and Inter, and the Blucerchiati could sell him for €10 million, or make an exchange for multiple players. Left-back Tommaso Augello has attracted the interest of Cagliari, who are now coached by former Samp tactician Claudio Ranieri.

Sampdoria’s Gradinata Sud at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Marassi. (@sampdoria_en)

Veteran striker Manolo Gabbiadini was wanted by the Isolani and Greek club PAOK Salonica, but he has refused a transfer. The 31-year-old wants to remain with the Blucerchiati, and he is happy to have his current wage of €1.2 million spread over multiple years.

Serbian midfielder Filip Djuricic terminated his contract with Sampdoria, and he has joined Greek giants Panathinaikos on a free transfer, saving Il Doria €1.5 million per year on his wages.

Pirlo should get a new squad that can embrace his attacking philosophy, and after his sour departure from Leeds United, Radrizzani would want to get off on a positive note with the Blucerchiati.

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