Palermo and Gian Piero Gasperini part ways ... again

Tullio M. Puglia

It's almost inevitable that Palermo will be spending next season in Serie B. Yet Maurizio Zamparini still felt the need to let coach Gian Piero Gasperini go, after less than two weeks in his second stint with the rosanero this season.

Gian Piero Gasperini lasted just sixteen days in his second stint at Palermo this season. Apparently owner Maurizio Zamparini was expecting miracles from Gasperini, whom he'd already fired on February 4. Alberto Malesani managed to last 19 days before Zampa re-hired Gasperini, but Sunday's defeat to Siena proved to be the final nail in the manager's coffin. Gasperini's contract was terminated by mutual consent and we won't see him on the Palermo sideline again this season. Supposedly.

At some point, it must be questioned what the point of the rosanero managerial changes even is. Palermo sit dead last in Serie A, five points from safety. They've won just three times this season, with their last win coming on November 24 against Sicilian rivals Catania. Despite signing enough players during January to field an entirely new squad, all Palermo have to show for it is more draws than losses.

Serie B is coming. If Zamparini has even an ounce of sanity left, he'll accept that fact and line up a new Mister that can stay the course, one who works the system to his players rather than vice versa. With a little luck and a bit less crazy, Palermo will be back in the top division come 2014.

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