Coach Davide Ballardini

Davide Ballardini eventually steered Palermo to safety on the final day of the 2015-16 campaign against all the odds, having been hired and fired only weeks earlier following a blazing row with the squad and live television mauling by captain Stefano Sorrentino. Even by President Maurizio Zamparini's zany standards, that season was truly spectacular with eight changes of management during the 38 rounds.

Ballardini can only pray for more stability this time, but Palermo fans have learned to expect the unexpected.