Salernitana, in retreat with players one step away from farewell. Candreva not called up

Salernitana has been virtually relegated for five months and mathematically for three, yet the great time advantage available over the competition has been squandered. Just read the list of players called up for the Rivisondoli retreat to realize that coach Martusciello will have to work in truly difficult conditions, given that almost all of them are on the verge of leaving and have been publicly rejected by the sports director Gianluca Petrachi. “If it were up to me I wouldn’t keep anyone, there are waste products that last season’s relegation has left as a legacy and I have to clean up the locker room. Of course, if they were to stay they will have to train with a knife between their teeth. I will not tolerate wrong attitudes” were the words in the press conference. A clear speech, enough to contradict president Iervolino: “The owner says that the current squad is very strong and thinks it could win Serie B hands down. Of course, if we analyze the names individually we can realize that no one has an attacking pair like the one formed by Dia and Bonazzoli. However Iervolino, although passionate, is not a man of football and no one gives the certainty of returning to Serie A by keeping people in the team who were in Serie A until a few months ago. Especially if they stay against their will”.

The list includes Dia, Pirola, Lassana Coulibaly, Maggiore, Bradaric, Kastanos (who will join his teammates in a few days), Simy, Bonazzoli, Sepe and Mikael. All people who are just waiting to find out their future destination. However, it does not include Antonio Candreva: the consensual termination of the contract will be made official in a few hours, one year ahead of its natural expiration. In April, Milan’s CEO hypothesized a permanence in Serie B “because he is a great man and a true champion, we will try to find a solution”, today, however, Petrachi takes a step back and ends his adventure in the shadow of Arechi early. “He is a very strong player, but he has a heavy wallet in his pocket. I know what it means to be relegated, I think it was a shock for him too, that’s why it’s better for him to go his own way, we will accompany him on this path to closing the relationship”. In the group, there is the new acquisition Davide Gentile: dry loan, he arrives from Fiorentina and is fresh from his experience with the Fiorenzuola shirt. He took his first steps as a player in Pasquale Foggia’s football school.

Meanwhile, the city is filled with a climate of discontent. After the ultras procession staged a few days ago by ultras and organized clubs outside the club headquarters located at Arechi, many say they are ready not to sign up for a season ticket in protest. Compared to last year, there are also fewer reservations for the Rivisondoli retreat which, 12 months ago, attracted the attention of almost 8,000 people. “We ask the fans for patience” is Petrachi’s appeal “no one more than them can understand that we are facing obvious difficulties and that it will take time to put things right. I don’t feel like making promises and proclamations, what is certain is that in 2-3 years we will try to make the team competitive to bring you back where you deserve to be. Salerno’s appeal remains unchanged even with the leap backwards in category”.