Samsami Sungo set for shock managerial comeback?
Samsami Sungo insisted that Southampton had been his last managerial position before he retired to his holiday home in southern Spain. But as we speak, the Dutchman may well be pleading for clemency amid reports that he is in the running to take charge of.... Yes, of which club?
Rumours have started to appear that a large number of European clubs - or even the Dutch national team - are wanting to sign the once so successful manager - and that could very well be too great a lure for Samsami.
After all, after five years with Feyenoord, his first big club and eventually reaching the Champions League Final...
...and after actually winning the Champions League after another five years with Tottenham Hotspur by beating mighty FC Barcelona in the Final...
....and finally repeating that remarkable feat in his six years of service with Southampton when they managed to defy the odds against FC Bayern...
....it is not too much to say that Samsami Sungo has made history in his professional career which has spanned sixteen years and in which period he has won the Champions League with two clubs in a row!!
So perhaps it is not so unlikely that these rumours have some substance to them and the wily old fox may surprise us yet.
Ha, cant wait for another unique POV story!
Keeping an eye on this
Go get'em cowboy !
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I'm betting it'll be a national side!
Welcome back to the managerial world mate.
He's simply unstoppable!
The Dutch Paul Scholes. Best of luck with your next challenge!
Is Samsami suffering from overconfidence?
Rumours insist that Samsami Sungo is about to sign with an English League Championship team. Newcastle United have been mentioned by several sources, but also Queens Park Rangers, Blackburn Rovers and Derby County would appear to be interested in the services of the successful Dutch manager, who is said to have declined offers both from several Premier League clubs and from the Dutch national team.
Apparently Samsami feels that he needs a fresh challenge. The Dutchman is not willing to comment on rumours, though.
Really thought it would be the Dutch national side!
It's official! Samsami signs with Blackburn Rovers!
It was officially announced today that Samsami Sungo signed a contract with Blackburn Rovers.
Blackburn Rovers won the Premier League title in 1994-1995, their third season in the Premier League, by a one-point margin over Manchester United. Kenny Dalglish was their manager and Alan Shearer was the club's top-scorer in that memorable season. However, Rovers success did not last and eventually, on 7 May 2012 the club was relegated to the Championship after being defeated at home by Wigan Athletic in the penultimate game of the season, ending eleven years in the Premier League.
Steve Kean, the manager in charge for the previous relegation season, was given a chance to win promotion and kept his job as the manager. Ultimately though, pressure from the supporters who had been calling for the manager's removal for months resulted in his resignation as manager on 29 September 2012.
Even so, things did not improve. The club continued to struggle and they finished 15th in the Championship last season.
So the news that Rovers managed to sign Samsami Sungo was very welcome news indeed. But... will this remarkable signing bring success to the club again? Only time will tell.
Last edited by samsami; 07-11-16 at 09:42 AM.
Random choice! Bit of a challenge for you, being out of the top flight for the first time too.
Tugay still playing there?!
Good luck Samsami!
Why Blackburn Rovers?
In a short press conference journalists and reporters had the opportunity to ask the new Rovers manager any questions they wanted.
Here are some of the questions that were being asked.
Why did you sign with Blackburn Rovers? Some people said it was a random choice.
It was certainly not a random choice. It's the challenge. Blackburn Rovers surprised everyone by winning the title just over twenty years ago. Kenny Dalglish had led them into the new Premier League and they did incredibly well and eventually won the title, only to sink back into depression mode in the years following that remarkable success.
I was reminded that miracles are still possible today when Leicester City won the title last season and I believe in a miracle for Rovers as well.
So what do you think of the current Rovers squad, sir?
We have a decent squad and some talented youngsters. We should do well this year. But we definitely need some new signings if we want to secure promotion to the Premier League. Like I said, it's a challenge. A huge challenge.
So what is your expectation for this first season?
Well, the Board has informed me that they expect a respectable league position. I think they put it well. Promotion is the long-term goal. That will take time.
Are you planning to sign any Dutch players in the near future?
That is always an option, yes. There are some good players in the Netherlands who would fit in very well here. But Rovers will never become a Dutch team, I can tell you that much. Having said that, we may have a surprise signing or two before the start of the season!
You have been successful with Feyenoord, Tottenham and Southampton in the past. What can Rovers fans reasonably expect of you?
As a long term goal? That is hard to say. But I have definitely joined the club so that they shall have to dust off that old trophy case and give it a more prominent place!
Thank you very much, sir, and good luck!
Last edited by samsami; 08-11-16 at 10:09 AM.
Aren't Blackburn in debt too? Should be a challenge to begin with.
Are Blackburn still run by Venky's? Will you be signing any Indian players?
Any formation/tactics decided?
Pre-season games - excitement is mounting...
It is good to see that the lads are excited about the new season. In Aberdeen they played with enthusiasm and they won the game without much difficulty. Of course the referee did help a bit with the red card for Shinnie, but nevertheless it was a good game for us. In fact, it was just what we needed.
Interestingly, all of our goals were scored by midfielders: Hope Akpan, Liam Feeney and Craig Conway (who replaced Bennett in the second half) all found the net.
We won our next two pre-season games at home as well. And it was Jack Byrne (another midfielder) who scored against Excelsior Rotterdam with a fine strike. It would almost seem that a pattern is already emerging!
And against Cambridge United once again all three of our goals were scored by our midfielders - two by Feeney and one by Jason Lowe. We are certainly making the fans look forward to the new season, even though we don't seem to have a productive striker - yet.
Not having a goal-machine did not matter a bit in our pre-season games, but we will face tougher opposition soon. So it seems obvious what our first priority is.
And as we are getting ready for the new season and excitement is mounting, the answer may actually already be on the way!
Decent results for pre-season but the league will be a different ball game.
You're right about the striker, shame you've managed Blackburn after they sold Jordan Rhodes!