Spezia executive Eduardo Macía comments on relegation to Serie B

REGGIO NELL'EMILIA, ITALY - JUNE 11: Ethan Ampadu of Spezia calcio reacts during the match between Spezia Calcio and Hellas Verona at Mapei Stadium - Città del Tricolore on June 11, 2023 in Reggio nell'Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)

Spezia Chief Football Officer Eduardo Macía met with the media today after his side fell 3-1 in last night’s relegation playoff against Hellas Verona.

The Ligurians were officially relegated to Serie B yesterday after spending the previous three seasons in Italy’s top flight.

“I am here because the game left a deep pain in all of us: fans, ownership, players and staff, and I am here to take responsibility,” Macía began.

“Starting today we will begin to make an in-depth analysis of the season, a period of reflection to understand where mistakes have been made from July to now, to start again immediately and recreate a path that can allow Spezia to return to Serie A.”

“There was a very sincere conversation with the ownership, we thought about what to do if things went well and what to do if things went wrong. We have to improve so much, even if we had saved ourselves there would have been a lot of thinking about the season, to grow in so many ways.”

Despite the disappointing results on the pitch, Macía didn’t try to evade responsibility from the team’s shortcomings.

“I repeat, I am primarily responsible, but I say that there is an infinite desire to start again,” he said.

“Because we believe in this project and because there is the will to improve things: we want to redeem ourselves, but today is the moment of disappointment and we have to accept it.”

Adding, “I am not here to point the finger at the coach or any player, the team group is very united and has given everything. Today I’m pointing the finger at myself.”

“The first person responsible is me and that’s why I’m going to go and think deeply about how to organize the season to come, thinking about the coach, the strategy of setting up the roster and all the other decisions that will have to be made.”

Finally, he sent a message to the club’s supporters, thanking them for their support throughout the campaign.

“To our supporters, all I can say is that I am wholeheartedly sorry,” he stated.

“The club’s ownership has a huge desire to restart and get back to Serie A, I can assure you of this.”