Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini refused to take responsibility for their embarrassing relegation from Serie A, instead getting into an ugly argument with Sky Sport Italia presenters.
Salernitana were crushed 4-0 at home by Udinese, yet Cagliari could not go beyond a 0-0 draw at the Stadio Penzo.
“It is only right to congratulate Salernitana,” Giulini told Sky Sport Italia.
“President Iervolino took over a club in an incredibly difficult situation, thanks to the work of Walter Sabatini and Davide Nicola, they had a run of great results.
“After selling Nicolò Barella, we tried a change of strategy by bringing in important players, raising the salary cap and it did not pay off, as three years later we are relegated.
“I can only apologise to all those who work for this club and the fans who came to Venice this evening. We brought in important coaches like Eusebio Di Francesco and Walter Mazzarri, but that didn’t help either.”
The interview took an ugly turn when Giulini was asked about reports Cagliari are in the process of a takeover, something he rejected outright by insulting presenter Fabio Caressa.
“I won’t even reply to you, Caressa, as you were the first to throw us under the bus last week. You repeated this report about investors trying to buy the club during the most delicate week of the season.”
Caressa would not stand for that and replied that blaming rumours on potential new owners “perhaps explains why Cagliari are getting relegated, because your view of football and the world around it is not very current.
“I’d ask you if changing three coaches in a single season was the case of your relegation, because those in charge need to take responsibility for their mistakes.”
Meanwhile, Cagliari are relegated to Serie B 💔
One point at Venezia is not enough to retain their place in Italy’s top flight. pic.twitter.com/O676P2tWeu
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