Catania coach Rolando Maran is targeting a victory over
Sampdoria to help his side finish above Inter Milan this
The Sicilians are just two points behind the faltering
Nerazzurri with three games of the season remaining, and despite
already achieving their objective for the season of avoiding
relegation, Maran wants his team to pull out all the stops for what
would be a “prestigious” ending to the campaign.
“Before our game against Siena I heard a lot of murmurings which
annoyed me, but we shut everybody up with a performance in line
with sporting morals,” he said at a press conference.
“I want to see this attitude against Sampdoria too. Delio
Rossi’s side will be very motivated since they need points to avoid
relegation, but we are fighting for a prestigious goal.
“That would be to break into the top eight of the league and we
will try to impose ourselves in Genoa.”
Sunday’s win over Siena took Catania to their highest ever
number of points in a season with 51.
“For us, this is like winning the title,” said Maran. “I am
proud to coach this team.”
Samp, meanwhile, have slipped to within six points of the
relegation zone and need at least one win from their remaining
three matches to be sure of their place in Serie A next season,
unless Udinese can do them a hand by beating Palermo on Wednesday
“Samp are alive and I saw some positive signals,” said their
coach Rossi after the 3-1 defeat to Udinese on Sunday.
Rossi has kept his team in a training camp since last Friday to
concentrate on an important week.
“It is no punishment at all, it has been agreed on to keep us
all united in a moment when it is best we analyse everything
together,” he said.
Graham Alexander’s men finished a disappointing 13th in the
table, after appearing to be set for a play-off place for much of
One win in their last nine ended any hopes of promotion and the
axe has been wielded as the club plan for the 2013-14 campaign.
Youl Mawene’s playing contract has been terminated but he will
stay at Highbury as a fitness coach.
But fellow defenders Rob Atkinson and Kieran Charnock will leave
the club, as will midfielders Anthony Barry, Mozesh Gyorio, Jamie
McGuire, Jamie Milligan, Barry Nicholson and Liam Wynn.
Attacking quartet Andy Mangan, Richie Allen, Jean-Michel
Fontaine and Danny Rowe complete the released list.
Shaun Beeley and Jamie Allen have had their deals extended by a
further year, while Jon Parkin and Gareth Evans are still
negotiating with the club after their deals ran out.