Palermo chief Maurizio Zamparini has admitted that he expects the club to be relegated to Serie B.
Although the Rosanero are now just three points adrift of safety after a 2-0 win over Roma, the President insists they will still probably go down.
“There is a 70 per cent chance that we will drop into the Second Division,” Zamparini told the Gazzetta dello Sport. “We’re already working on a Serie B future…
“You really have got everything wrong if you find yourself in this situation after starting a campaign with the aim of qualifying for Europe.”
Zamparini has characteristically hired and fired tacticians this season. They started the campaign with Giuseppe Sannino, then hired Gian Piero Gasperini and Alberto Malesani.
Gasperini was then recalled before present boss Sannino was called back.
Zamparini also commented on the futures of key men Josip Ilicic, Fabrizio Miccoli and Abel Hernandez.
“Ilicic has all the skills, but he lacks the character. I think it would be hard for him to remain,” the patron added. “Miccoli, meanwhile, has a lot of offers from the UAE.
“Hernandez is a really strong player who could remain in Serie B with us, but he has to visit fewer bars and find the right wife.”