Ferrara left his position as the boss of
"I would like to thank the club for the great opportunity handed to me," Ferrara said in a press conference.
"I don't think there could have been a better solution for me professionally and personally.
"I have spent two splendid years working for the [Italian Football] federation and I thank them for allowing me to join Sampdoria.
"This experience has given me so much. I have regained the enthusiasm, motivation that pushed me to come to Sampdoria.
"I accepted Sampdoria's offer because this is a serious club and I was attracted by their project. I am very happy.
"I hope I can achieve the aims set by the club."
The 45-year-old Ferrara replaced
"Our aim this season is to remain in Serie A without major scares," the former Juventus tactician said.
"I will need time to get to know my players.
"As for the transfer market, I think this year will be more difficult than in the past."
Ferrara, who signed a two-year contract with the Partenopei outfit, will coach a club for the first time since a spell at Juventus in the 2009-10 campaign.
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