The surprising thing is not that Palermo have sacked Gian Piero Gasperini. No, the shocking part is that Palermo, who have now dropped to rock bottom in the Serie A table, managed to keep him around for 18 long weeks. Gasperini came in on September 16, after a 1-1 draw with Cagliari saw Giuseppe Saninno get the boot.
Under Gasperini, Palermo have recorded just three wins and seven draws. Add that to the one point collected by Saninno and you'll see the rosanero have a grand total of 17 points. They've scored just 20 goals this season, while conceding 37.
Clearly, this is a struggling side. But Atalanta have scored just one more goal, and they're in 13th. Roma have conceded 42, the second highest total in Serie A, yet are competing for Europe. And with ten new players brought in during the transfer window, it seems a managerial change may actually benefit this side.
Reports out of Italy suggest director of sport Pietro Lo Monaco, who joined Palermo this summer, is also on his way out -- despite his new names getting little chance. Owner Maurizio Zamparini will remain the last man standing.