MILAN - Palermo sacked coach Delio Rossi
on Monday following Sunday's 7-0 home humiliation by Udinese and
have drafted in former Livorno boss Serse Cosmi.
"Palermo announce that Serse Cosmi has been named coach,"
the Serie A club said in a statement without giving details on
the length of his deal.
The Sicilians had been in the running for the Champions
League places but a run of bad results has knocked them down to
Cosmi, who failed to help keep Livorno in Serie A last term,
is famous for his flat cap and excitable behaviour during games
but he will also need broad shoulders to deal with volatile
Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini.
"He has ruined my Palermo. Rossi has destroyed this team,"
the club owner told reporters after Sunday's defeat, where
Udinese were 5-0 up at halftime and Alexis Sanchez scored four
Media reports have said Zamparini, who has threatened to
sell the club several times, wants Giampiero Gasperini to take
over next season after he was sacked by Genoa in November.
Coaches are not allowed to manage two top-flight teams in
one season under Serie A rules.
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