Gattuso hired to coach Palermo in Serie B

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PALERMO, Sicily (AP)

Former World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso has been hired to coach Serie B club Palermo.

The Sicilian club announced Wednesday that it has hired the former midfielder to a one-year deal with the option of a two-year renewal.

The 35-year-old Gattuso, who won the 2006 World Cup with Italy, was promoted to player-coach of Swiss club Sion in February but lasted just 13 matches in charge.

He left Sion with one year remaining on his playing contract, having joined the club a year ago after 13 seasons with AC Milan.

Palermo was relegated last season.

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