US Palermo – Managers Don’t Last Long Under Maurizio Zamparini

For the first seven seasons Palermo spent in Serie A since earning promotion in 2004, they never finished below 11th. Since selling Javier Pastore (among other players), it seems the wheels have started to fall off, and following a 16th place finish last season, the club currently occupy the last place in the league, with avoiding relegation looking almost impossible at the current state of things.

Alberto Malesani, who has never held on to a job for more than three years and hasn’t held on to one for two seasons in over a decade, becomes the next man to try and save the sinking ship, which is actually a club run by president Maurizio Zamparini, the real shot caller with the Sicily team. Malesani becomes the third manager this season, following Giuseppe Sannino (fired in September, lasting three months) and Gian Piero Gasperini, who lasted five months.

Replacing managers isn’t new to the big mouthed Zamparini – Malesani is the 25th since he took over the club in 2002, helping it return to Serie A and become a permanent member in the upper half of the table. The only one to last more than a season was Delio Rossi (from November 2009 to February 2011), who actually returned shortly after getting fired to guide the team in the final matches of the 2010-2011 season before leaving for good. Things haven’t gone well since he has left.

Sitting at 20th place, Palermo have 17 points this season, four less than Genoa at 17th. Genoa are Malesani’s previous team, just so you know. Palermo haven’t won a match since November, since then losing six and drawing three. They’ve scored only 20 goals this season while conceding 37 and are the only team without an away win this season.

List of managers under Zamparini Since 2002

Roberto Pruzzo  Italy 2002 2002 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Ezio Glerean  Italy 2002 2002 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Daniele Arrigoni  Italy July 2002 February 2003 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Nedo Sonetti  Italy 2003 2003 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Silvio Baldini  Italy July 2003 January 2004 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Francesco Guidolin  Italy January 2004 June 2005 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Luigi Delneri  Italy July 2005 January 2006 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Giuseppe Papadopulo  Italy January 2006 June 2006 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Francesco Guidolin  Italy June 2006 April 2007 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Renzo Gobbo
Rosario Pergolizzi
April 2007 May 2007 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Francesco Guidolin  Italy 2007 2007 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Stefano Colantuono  Italy 2007 2007 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Francesco Guidolin  Italy November 2007 March 2008 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Stefano Colantuono  Italy March 2008 September 2008 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Davide Ballardini  Italy September 2008 June 2009 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Walter Zenga  Italy July 2009 November 2009 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Delio Rossi  Italy November 2009 February 2011 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Serse Cosmi  Italy February 2011 April 2011 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) Sacked following a 0-4 loss to Sicilian rivals,Catania. Cosmi had managed Palermo for four games.
Delio Rossi  Italy 2011 2011 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) Reassigned as manager the same evening Cosmiwas fired.
Stefano Pioli  Italy June 2011 August 2011 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) Sacked on August 31, 2011.
Devis Mangia  Italy August 2011 December 2011 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) Sacked on December 19, 2011, following a 0-2loss to Catania.
Bortolo Mutti  Italy December 2011 May 2012 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Giuseppe Sannino  Italy June 2012 September 2012 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Gian Piero Gasperini  Italy September 2012 February 2013 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
Alberto Malesani  Italy February 2013 (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)