Beppe Iachini admits it will be “a very emotional moment” when his Siena face Sampdoria today, the club he took to promotion last season.
The Coach had been drafted in during the Serie B campaign to take them out of mid-table and earned a remarkable run of results to win the promotion play-offs from sixth place.
Despite that achievement, he was fired in the summer and brought in before Christmas to help save Siena.
“Meeting Sampdoria will certainly be a very emotional moment for me, but I am the Coach of Siena and will be concentrated only on my team,” said Iachini.
“Despite the negative results, we are improving in terms of performance, character and team spirit. We must honour the shirt and give our all to get as many points as possible.
“In these three games we have always been a team, right from the first minute. Now we must eliminate those errors that have compromised our matches recently.
“We’ve got to shake off this climate of negativity and can only do that by working hard on the field to earn those results that help the fans stick by us.”
Siena sold Emanuele Calaiò to Napoli and Marcelo Larrondo to Fiorentina, but brought in Sampdoria striker Nicola Pozzi on Friday.
“Pozzi is a player of great quality and we’ll try to have him ready as soon as possible, because he can really help us. He has always scored throughout his career and can be an important buy in a difficult marketplace.”
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