Coppa Italia: Fourth Round / Team rating: 2 / Top scorer: Nestorovski (11) / Europe: N/A
This is a club accustomed to chaos, but Davide Ballardini leaving after just two rounds, including a draw away to Inter, got the season off to a bad start even by their standards. Coaches came and went, the squad was almost completely revamped over the January transfer window as well as the summer, and their identity vanished.
To make matters even more confusing, President Maurizio Zamparini sold the club after two decades and 50-odd tacticians, handing over the reins in April to tattoo-infested Italian-American satirical comedian Paul Baccaglini. It was all too much.
Roberto De Zerbi tried and failed to bring exciting football, Eugenio Corini returned to the Stadio Barbera where he had been captain, but lasted only six rounds before walking away. Ex-Cagliari Coach Diego Lopez flew in from Uruguay and tried to steer them back towards safety, but Baccaglini kept Palermo fans in the matter to which they were accustomed by firing him within weeks of buying the club. Caretaker manager Diego Bortoluzzi had a better success rate than any of his predecessors, but that was post-relegation.
With survival hopes already hanging by a thread, Palermo hosting juggernauts Fiorentina in the dying weeks of the season looked to be one of the final nails in the coffin towards a nearly guaranteed drop. Despite a heavily favoured Viola side holding 76 per cent possession, they would be held to solely three shots on target, whilst a 32nd-minute goal from Alessandro Diamanti would signal a most unlikely of upsets.
One week prior to the upset of Fiorentina, Palermo had the opposite of a defensive masterclass at the Stadio Olimpico in this 6-2 drubbing. The astonishing fact is they were 5-0 down within 26 minutes, Keita Balde Diao scoring a hat-trick in a five-minute spell.
- Palermo are directly responsible for 40 per cent of manager sackings during the 16-17 season.
- Palermo became the first Serie A side to concede five goals in the opening 26 minutes since Juventus v Fiorentina in 1938.
- The Rosanero conceded three or more goals in 15 different games this term, keeping only four clean sheets.