Manager Mania: Palermo appoint 10th boss in a year

by Jack Kitson / 26 January 2017, 16:00

English football fans may think the likes of Fawaz Al-Hasawi (Nottingham Forest), Massimo Cellino (Leeds), and Tony Fernandes (QPR) are trigger-happy owners, yet their infamous ruthless streaks are nothing compared to Palermo President Maurizio Zamparini, who has just appointed his 10th different manager in just over a year!

The Serie A club have somehow managed to hit double figures after confirming Luis Diego Lopez as their new boss, with the 42-year-old remarkably becoming their fourth gaffer of the campaign.

Lopez is in fact the 12th appointment in a touch over a year, but two managers - Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Giovanni Bosi - both had two (albeit incredibly brief!) stints apiece.

Lopez, who has previously managed Bologna and Cagliari, inherits a Palermo side struggling down in 19th in Italy’s top-tier, 11 points adrift of safety with 17 matches remaining.

The Rosanero have only managed to register 10 points so far this season, while they’ve leaked in a whopping 41 goals, and nettied only 17 down the other end.

Lopez has signed a contract through to June 2018, but given the club’s recent history, it appears impossible that he’ll see out this deal!

Let’s just hope that the man responsible for all the sackings, Zamparini, doesn’t fancy venturing over to England anytime soon…

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