MILAN - Former Chievo manager Stefano
Pioli was appointed Palermo coach on Thursday after Delio
Rossi's departure from the Serie A club the day before.
Pioli, who had been linked in the media with the vacant AS
Roma job, led Chievo to mid-table security last term playing an
attractive brand of football.
"I am very proud to be here," the 45-year-old said in a club
statement. "When a big club like Palermo come knocking at the
door you can't listen to other offers."
Palermo finished eighth in the league last season and
qualified for the Europa League after finishing runners-up to
Inter Milan in the Italian Cup.
The club parted company with coach Rossi on Wednesday for
the second time in four months in a typically bizarre move from
eccentric club owner Maurizio Zamparini.
Pioli's decision to take the Palermo job means only two
names remain in the frame for the Roma role, according to
Italian newspaper reports.
Barcelona B coach Luis Enrique is viewed as favourite but
Roma have confirmed they have talked to Olympique Marseille boss
Vincenzo Montella, who was interim boss at Roma but failed
to secure Champions League football when they finished sixth,
has been linked in the media with Palermo's Sicilian rivals
Catania after coach Diego Simeone left by mutual consent.
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