Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has written an open letter to fans asking for support following a problematic start to the season.
The Rosanero have lost both of their opening Serie A games after falling to defeats against Napoli and then Lazio.
“As you know, I live in Friuli,” he wrote on the club’s website. “Yesterday I was in Udine and a group of Udinese fans asked me what is happening at Palermo?
“I said, as in Udine, we have zero points after two matches, with one difference – in Palermo we are ‘catastrophic’ while in Udine you are sure that you will pick yourselves up.
“I say this to the fans – that you have to deal with difficult times and think about the future with optimism because I, the club, the players and the Coach have never given up and we won’t give up.
“On Sunday night I watched with satisfaction our young striker, Mehmeti, loaned to Novara, scoring three goals. He’s a young striker chosen by us amongst the sceptics in Palermo.
“I want and will accept criticism, but not falsities. Director Giorgio Perinetti, boss Giuseppe Sannino and all the staff will work well – this is why I got them.
“No entrepreneur can invest in football today – there are more serious problems, such as jobs.
“I may not again see the large amounts [of money] that I put in the years in Palermo, but I will work with my colleagues to achieve the best results.
“We are not a poor team. Look at the side that beat Inter 4-3 on the opening day of the season and I don’t think it is as good as this one.
“I ask the fans to stay close, the players are giving their all but they must be backed by your support.
“Do not give up as we will not give up.”
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