Monday March 11 2013
Sack Zamparini!

After the fourth management change of the season, Susy Campanale argues there’s still one man Palermo need to get rid of.

Over the years we have seen dozens of Coaches, directors and players pass through the Stadio Renzo Barbera and very quickly go back out of a side exit once they realise the madhouse they’ve wandered into. Some like Francesco Guidolin and Gian Piero Gasperini agreed to return only to realise it was a horrible mistake, that the situation would never change. There are rumours the ‘new’ tactician could be Giuseppe Sannino, the man who started the season on this bench of infamy and was sacked after three games. President Maurizio Zamparini finally needs to drum up the courage to do what the fans have been begging for and fire one last person – himself.

A quick round-up: Palermo started the campaign with Sannino, who was fired in Week 3 to bring in Gasperini, who was sacked on February 4 for Alberto Malesani, then Gasp was recalled 19 days later and has now left “by mutual consent,” which might just be scrambling for a life-boat – and who can blame him? This means the Sicilians have had more management changes this season than wins in the table: Coaches win 4-3.

In 24 years at the helm of Venezia and Palermo, Zamparini has declared “You’re fired!” complete with dramatic pointy finger 51 times. That is an average of just over two sackings per season. It’s a wonder anyone still accepts his phone calls. Sannino even brilliantly pointed out it’s difficult for a Coach to get a year-long rent deal in Palermo, because the landlords are tired of seeing their tenants walk away within a few weeks.

Timing has never been Zampa’s strong point. He got rid of Sannino and director Giorgio Perinetti in September, then completely rebuild the team to Gasperini’s specifications with new chief Pietro Lo Monaco before sacking both four days after the transfer window had closed and bringing back Perinetti, whose favourite players had all just left. Is it any wonder the squad look like they are in a permanent daze?

Zamparini has sacked and blamed absolutely everyone for this litany of disasters, but if Palermo are propping up the Serie A table then it’s squarely down to him. Look in the mirror, Zampa, and you will know what you must do. For years he has repeatedly threatened to give up on football and sell the club because of refereeing errors, fines and the on-going stadium saga, but he never said he’d quit because he was destroying a perfectly good club. Yes, he has brought investment and took Palermo back to Serie A after a 30-year absence, but what good is being there if all this potential is ruined by his mood-swings?

I know my appeal will fall on deaf ears, of course. Zamparini will never acknowledge he is the problem. This is the man who insisted “the people of Palermo love me” straight after angry supporters spat at his car while he was given a police escort into the presentation of yet another new Coach. 

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Have your say...
Can't wait Palermo to drop out to Serie B so that we don't have to see any more articles of Zapma and Palermo on your great site.

on the 13th March, 2013 at 10:33pm
As a long sffering Palermo fan, I can find little to dispute in your article. The instability at the club is absolutely destroying the minds of coaches, players, the administration, and the fans. I would love for Zamparini to walk away - but am also concerned about the consequences of that on financial terms. Who will pay the bills? Where will the money come from as needed to build a formidable Serie A side? I fear going further down to Serie C or insolvency and another 30+ years in limbo.
on the 12th March, 2013 at 10:36pm
Believe it or not all the coaches hired by Palermo and fired throughout a season remain on the clubs payroll until they either find another coaching job or are asked to come back. That is unless they decide to part ways by mutual consent which we all know won't happen considering Zamps trigger finger. So they have to make themselves available to Palermo as long as they wish to remain on that payroll. Some managers who have been sacked last season are still on Palermo's payroll this season.
on the 12th March, 2013 at 11:46am
Palermo were a few years ago blessed with good players like Andrew has said below, Zamp is mental but so are the caches who take the job! Maybe its the lack of good players they have not the coach
on the 12th March, 2013 at 11:01am
he needs help,seriously.
on the 12th March, 2013 at 10:27am
i have never seen such a crazy president like Zamparini, he doesn't deserve to run a club like Palermo. he has to strengthen the squad with good players before sacking his coaches.
on the 12th March, 2013 at 9:40am
Zamp's behaviour is disgraceful. He has to go but of course he is far too much of his rocker to realise this. But why on earth would any self respecting manager take the job? I mean why did Gasp go back? I can't understand it so if anyone could explain please?
on the 12th March, 2013 at 2:52am
Zamparini is an embarrassment to professional sport. Susy, thank you for calling out the obvious. Of all the great points you made, there was none better than the one about why anyone would take a job working for this man. I guess for the right price even I would have a cup of coffee in Palermo.
on the 12th March, 2013 at 2:17am
Agreed. He is unstable and because of his actions, Palermo deserve to be relegated to Serie B. The Sicilians need a president that will invest money into the club but also maintain stability.

It is also likely that Genoa and its unstable president in Enrico Preziosi might follow the rosanero as well!
on the 12th March, 2013 at 1:13am
Zamparini will do what he always does, he will play the victim. He'll say none of the coaches understood the players at their disposal. Then he'll threaten to quit, but won't because 'the fans love him'. Never forget, Palermo once had: Miccoli, Cavani, Pastore, Balzaretti, Cassani, Sirigu, Noccerino, Bovo, Migliaccio, etc. These are/were great players. Most whom ran out the door because of the insanity at Palermo.
on the 11th March, 2013 at 8:58pm
Someone please compile a list of the sackings and hiring this excuse of a president has done in the last, say...5 years. I'd love to see that stat/list. Forza Calcio!
on the 11th March, 2013 at 8:49pm
Well said. In school in America. Have a sports class where we pick an article on Administration and personnel. Chose, last month, to do one on Zamparini. This just adds to my many resources.

on the 11th March, 2013 at 8:25pm
Laughing. Stock. Of. Italy.
on the 11th March, 2013 at 7:58pm
It's beyond ridiculous at that club. Bizarre tradition in Italy of re-hiring managers even tho it is only ever a short term measure. Do the managers have no pride? They have been fired showing they have no confidence in them yet keep coming back when asked, it only further damages their reputation. How does it help the Palermo team to keep changing bosses? Zapperini is a joke and he's going to destroy that team.
on the 11th March, 2013 at 7:23pm
agreed. it's now time for zamparini to be a man of his words, and do exactly what he has said on many occasion. it truly is his time now to step away from palermo.
on the 11th March, 2013 at 6:59pm
Remember back when Palermo had Cavani, Pastore, Sirigu and Miccoli all playing for them at the same time? Seems like a looooong time ago now, doesn't it?

Zamp makes Moratti look measured and relaxed.
on the 11th March, 2013 at 6:13pm

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