Friday March 11 2016
Iachini: 'Zamparini means well'

Ex-Palermo Coach Beppe Iachini admits “it’s difficult to exchange ideas” with President Maurizio Zamparini, “but he means well.”

The club has changed management eight times since Iachini was fired in November, going through Davide Ballardini, Guillermo Barros Schelotto and a series of caretaker managers.

Iachini returned last month only to resign this week following a row with the patron, who then went on live radio to call him “an idiot” – all during the period he was trying to convince the Coach to stay.

“I am not the type to stir up controversy,” Iachini told “We talked about many issues that can happen with a team, then things went a certain way.

“I had returned with great enthusiasm and the conviction we could do well, but then we were unable to fix the rapport we had. I remain convinced in any case the team can have a good end to the season under Walter Novellino.

“I want to leave this situation on tip-toes, as I don’t like to talk too much about the clashes with Zamparini. The transfer market wasn’t the issue recently, we just had to focus on what was best for Palermo after I returned.

“Considering the way the last few days unfolded… it was too difficult to continue. The President is of a certain age and it’s difficult to exchange ideas with him.

“After the sacking and recall, I thought the rapport could be fixed completely, but instead I had to once again make a difficult and painful decision.

“Zamparini is a generous person who cares a great deal about his team. He can get too emphatic and go over the top sometimes, but he certainly means well and doesn’t intend to hurt Palermo.

“Now there are some easier games in the fixture list and I really believe Palermo can achieve Serie A safety. I am sure the lads will continue to work with a calm and professional attitude.

“Novellino is a very good Coach with a strong character who will give everything to take this team back to shore. I know him well.

“I am and will always remain a great fan of Palermo.”