Thursday June 9 2011
Zamparini expects Pioli marathon

Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini insists he won't replace new boss Stefano Pioli for some time to come.

Pioli succeeds Delio Rossi on the Rosanero bench after he signed a two-year contract, which included an option for a third, with the Stadio Barbera outfit.

However, the tactician has never worked for a President like Zamparini who has had 15 Coaches at Palermo since 2002.

"I've found a very good Coach in Pioli," he stated as he celebrated his 70th birthday. "He's really motivated and a humble guy. He'll stay with us for a long time."

Zamparini's words today come just a week after he insisted that Pioli would be around until 2016.

"I'll make a bet that Pioli will stay here for three years and then for a further two," Zampa had insisted.

The owner sacked Rossi last term only to call him back after Serse Cosmi struggled to deliver results.

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