Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic has revealed that he is suffering from leukemia. The Serb opened up about his condition during a press conference yesterday, stating that he was diagnosed with the disease a day before pre-season was set to begin.
Mihajlovic replaced Filippo Inzaghi as head coach last year and led Bologna to a 10-place finish in Serie A.
The upcoming campaign was set to be his first full season and it remains to be seen what the club will do following his revelation.
Sinisa Mihajlovic diagnosed with leukemia; treatment to begin on Monday
Club doctor Gianni Nanni confirmed that Mihajlovic has a great chance of recovery and can return to the sidelines.
On the other hand, president Joey Saputo stated that the Serb will remain Bologna’s manager. The 50-year-old is set to begin treatment on his illness this Monday.
Mihajlovic spoke to the press yesterday where he opened up about his condition:
“When I got the news, it was a real blow. I sat there for days crying, your life passes before your eyes.”
“I will face it, with chest puffed out, looking it in the eyes, the way I always have done.
“I cannot wait to go to hospital and start the fight. It is aggressive, but it is beatable.
“Unfortunately, nothing was given to me in life. I had to fight for everything. I’ll fight this too.”
The press conference ended in a standing ovation for Mihajlovic, who was in tears. He has since received great support from the Serie A and the rest of the footballing fraternity as well.
Inter Milan and Lazio were among the clubs who tweeted their support for Mihajlovic. Hopefully, the Serb can fight off this disease and return to management fit and healthy.