Preliminaries drawn up for the sale of the club. The striker is the key man for the locker room. Penalty: trust in a discount
Notice to seafarers (sampdoria players): the road is still long, the euphoria of Tuesday night was more than justified to drive away bad thoughts and gloomy omens, but the path that now awaits the new Sampdoria is still very long, especially in view of the deadline of 20 June, when it will be necessary to have approved the budget after having complied with all the requirements indicated in order to formalize the team’s registration for the next Serie B championship. Which include, among other things, the payment of salaries to members and employees up to and including May. Only at that point will the journey of this Board of Directors formally close, which began amid a thousand obstacles at the end of December 2021, but the payment of a new millionaire Irpef installment by the end of next month will then remain on the horizon.
That’s why, once business continuity has been guaranteed by avoiding default, Sampdoria has chosen a low profile since yesterday, focusing on the next steps to be taken within the club. Radrizzani and Manfredi, protagonists of the rescue, have thus started the complex work of their new Genoese adventure and in the next few days they could arrive in Genoa to make direct contact with the new Sampdorian reality and present themselves to the city.
Transfer of shares
In the meantime, contacts with investors are continuing, while the preliminary agreements for the sale of the club have been signed with the owners and the powers for completing the operation favored by the intervention of Banca Sistema, already alongside Sampdoria for some time and who on Tuesday evening allowed the bond loan up to forty million. In the executive phase of these preliminary agreements, the final approval of the company’s restructuring plan is envisaged by all the creditors with whom negotiations have begun. An intermediate phase in the development of the upcoming Sampdoria, but at the same time decisive for leaving behind the recent past. Yesterday the payment of the salaries of the members for the first quarter of the current year began, after a similar process had been followed with the girls, also avoiding the risks of a penalty that would have left its mark on the environment.
There is no certainty, but the hope (and perhaps something more) is that Samp will then be able to obtain a discount of one point on the minus four in the standings which they will have to discount at the start of the next Serie B championship. only the first part of a complex job, which will also involve the choice of a new managing director, the sporting director and, last but not least, the coach from whom to start again to immediately try to get back to Serie A. Many names have come out in the last few hours (Santoro, Pecini, Mencucci), but no reaction. Radrizzani also has excellent contacts abroad, and his choices (often against the tide) in the first period of his presidency in Leeds have borne fruit. In terms of leadership of the first team, it is possible that the relationship with Stankovic will be interrupted, whose reconfirmation was linked to his stay in Serie A. Despite, it must be said, the coach’s excellent relationship with the squad.
While they like – even the square, and a lot – the idea of handing Quagliarella the keys to the team to come, also considering his excellent contribution and performance in the last few days of the championship, in which he had more space and regularity of use.
The Qatar variable
Obviously, secondly, if the interest and effectiveness in the Sampdoria operation of Al Khelaifi, president of the PSG, is confirmed through the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar (QSI), the Sampdoria’s future could take on different dimensions. But, for now, common sense invites all the protagonists to fly low. Among the many aspects to be analysed, it will also be necessary to identify a location for the summer retreat, and the market will also necessarily start off at a handicap, at least in terms of time, given the last fruitless weeks that have passed during the long corporate impasse. And also the mayor Marco Bucci, who had already guaranteed the support of the institutions in the Sampdoria affair, expressed his satisfaction with the positive closing of the operation: “The business continuity of Sampdoria is a great success for the city which will be able continue to count on two competitive football teams that represent excellence for Genoa. I also express great satisfaction for the company’s employees”. Which, in fact, had been waiting for a few months now. And after the summer, talks to make the Marassi stadium usable even beyond the sporting event will be able to start with the ownership of Genoa. This is a theme that is close to everyone’s heart. Because football, on both city fronts, must also be synonymous with business and profitability.
June 1, 2023 (change June 1, 2023 | 07:20)
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