Wednesday August 31 2011
Zamparini: 'I want Rossi back'

Maurizio Zamparini reveals he sacked Stefano Pioli “while waiting for Delio Rossi to come back to the Palermo bench.”

The President wielded the axe on Coach Pioli this evening after an Europa League exit in the preliminary round and some disappointing friendly results.

“I handed the team to youth team manager Devis Mangia while waiting for Rossi to decide to come back to the Palermo bench,” the President told Ansa news agency.

Rossi was fired and rehired last season before his contract was not renewed in June, but replacement Pioli lasted only two months.

“We both took time to think things over this summer. I want Rossi to come back. At the moment Mangia is in charge and, if he leads Palermo to an amazing victory over Inter, then maybe he'll continue on the bench.”

The Sicilians open their Serie A campaign against Inter on the weekend of September 10-11.

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