MILAN - Palermo have reappointed
coach Delio Rossi after Serse Cosmi was sacked just a month
into the job following Sunday's 4-0 hammering by Catania in the
Fellow Serie A side Parma, who slipped to two points above
the drop zone with seven games left after a 2-1 home defeat by
bottom side Bari on Sunday, have also sacked boss Pasquale
Marino with a replacement yet to be announced.
The two club statements followed shock defeats and the speed
in which they have acted shows the angst dominating the
boardrooms at the two sides with a Europa League place slipping
away for eighth-placed Palermo and relegation haunting Parma.
Rossi was sacked by fiery Palermo president Maurizio
Zamparini on February 28 after a 7-0 home humiliation at the hands
His return is all the more surprising given the language
used by Zamparini after the thrashing.
"He has ruined my Palermo. Rossi destroyed this team,"
Zamparini said at the time.
However, Zamparini had little alternative but to recall
Rossi having decided to sack Cosmi so quickly.
Under Serie A rules, coaches are not allowed to manage two
top-flight teams in a season and with Rossi still under
contract, reappointing him was the cheapest option.
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