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The former Juventus defender has stepped down as coach of Italy's Under-21 side to take charge of the Blucerchiati, who have returned to Serie A after a one-year absence

Newly-promoted Sampdoria have announced that Ciro Ferrara has replaced Giuseppe Iachini as the club's coach.

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Giancarlo Abete revealed on Monday afternoon that the former Azzurri defender would be quitting his role with the country's Under-21 side to take charge of the Blucerchiati and the Genoa-based club have now confirmed the appointment.

“Sampdoria announce that it has reached an agreement, which will be formalised in the coming days, with Ciro Ferrara in the capacity of head coach for the first team," a statement on the Ligurians' official website read.

“The club wishes to thank Giuseppe Iachini and his staff for their excellent and successful work done in recent months, which culminated in promotion to Serie A.

“Sampdoria wish Iachini and his staff the best professional and personal fortune for the remainder of their careers.”

Iachini only took charge of Samp in November 2011 and led the club back to the Italian top flight via the Serie B play-offs, an achievement which activated a clause in his contract securing him an automatic extension.

However, the club were intent on finding a high-profile replacement for the 48-year-old coach and after talks with Rafa Benitez broke down last week, they switched their attention to Ferrara, who is returning to Serie A after an unsuccessful spell in charge of Juve during the 2009-10 season.

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