NEWS
Thursday September 1 2011
Pioli was sacked because…

Maurizio Zamparini has revealed why he sacked Stefano Pioli. "I thought we could be relegated."

Pioli was axed last night just a matter of months after he left Chievo Verona to replace Delio Rossi on the Rosanero bench.

"I got Pioli because I trusted [former Palermo and current Roma sporting director] Walter Sabatini," he told Radio Mana Mana.

"He told me that he couldn't take him to Roma because you need to be a big name as well as a good Coach to work in the capital.

"At that point I thought that he'd be good for Palermo, but then I realised that the side couldn't stay up on their feet.

"I didn't have faith in him and I even feared we'd be relegated so I decided to dismiss him."

With Pioli gone, Zamparini has already contacted former boss Rossi and experienced tactician Claudio Ranieri.

"Rossi is considering his options," Zamparini added. "I think he's waiting for offers from clubs such as Roma or Paris Sanit-Germain.

"I still like him, he knows the environment and the players, but it doesn't just depend on me.

"I also like Ranieri. I've been in touch with him as well, but I believe that he too is waiting for offers from elsewhere.

"For the time being we'll continue like this until one of these two situations are unblocked."

Youth team boss Devis Mangia has been placed in charge of first team affairs for the time being.

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