Sannino back in at Palermo

Giuseppe Sannino has been re-appointed as Palermo’s head coach,

the club have announced.

In club president Maurizio Zamparini’s fifth managerial

appointment of an increasingly farcical and seemingly

relegation-doomed season, Sannino replaces Gian Piero Gasperini

just six months after himself being sacked three games into the


A statement on the club’s official website confirmed: “Palermo

Football Club announce they have re-entrusted the technical

guidance of the first team to Giuseppe Sannino. The coach will this

afternoon take his first weekly training session.”

The Napoli-born coach’s previous spell at the Stadio Renzo

Barbera ended when he was sacked on September 16.

He was replaced by Gasperini, who claimed three wins from 20

games to leave the Sicilians in 19th place upon his original

departure, with UEFA Cup-winning coach Alberto Malesani appointed

the next day.

Malesani could not improve Palermo’s fortunes, however, with

three points from three draws in a 19-day reign leaving the

Rosanero bottom of the table.

That ushered in the fleeting return of Gasperini, who yesterday

departed by mutual consent only 15 days and two games after

returning to the hotseat.

Palermo are currently tied for last place with Pescara on 21

points, five from safety, and Zamparini told the Corriere dello

Sport yesterday: “We won’t be able to save ourselves now, it’s

folly to think we can do it.

“We would need a lot of luck and for our players to act as if

they’re men rather than baby food. I don’t know what they are made


The first task for Sannino to tackle is a trip to face

third-placed AC Milan at the San Siro on Sunday.