Monday August 26 2013
Palermo chief issues Hernandez warning

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini has told Abel Hernandez to get into gear. “I expect 20 goals from him.”

The Uruguayan international was criticised by new boss Gennaro Gattuso over the weekend and the striker has now been heckled by Zamparini.

“I shouted at him as if I was his father,” the Rosanero chief told the Giornale di Sicilia. “I told him that I have had nothing from him in three years while I have given him everything in that time.

“He needs to get a move on or else I will kick him up the backside.”

Hernandez has been linked with a possible move away given that the Stadio Barbera outfit were relegated to Serie B last term.

“He’s struggling for balance given the transfer rumours, but he needs to start training as he should be doing,” Zamparini added.

“Hernandez needs to get into his head that I expect at least 20 goals from this season, as I expect Paulo Dybala and Kyle Lafferty to get 10 each.”

On Sunday, Gattuso noted to La Repubblica: “Abel has to train and tell us clearly if he is serious about wanting to remain at Palermo or not.

“I cannot give anyone a free ride, otherwise my concept of a group goes out the window. He has to tell me, the club and the fans if he wants to stay at Palermo.

“What Abel cannot do is continue to train the way he has been in recent weeks. It is unacceptable.”