Palermo sack Walter Novellino; Sicilian football club makes ninth managerial change



Italian Serie A outfit Palermo FC have made their ninth managerial change in the ongoing season, having just sacked 62-year-old Italian, Walter Novellino.

Palermo chief Maurizio Zamparini sacked Novellino only a month after his appointment at the Stadio Renzo Barbera. Palermo lost three times and drew once during Novellino’s short stint with the Sicilian club.

“I can confirm that I have been relieved of my duties. I can only say that I’m very sad and disappointed. I’d like to thank the lads, the fans and the management,” Novellino told

With this development, Maurizio Zamparini has now successfully sacked 36 managers over a period of 14 years.

Davide Ballardini, who was sacked in January this year is expected to return to Palermo for his second stint in charge, he will be taking over for the rest of the 2015-16 campaign. Ballardini’s earlier sacking was due to a bust-up with Palermo captain Stefano Sorrentino.

If reports are to be believed then Ballardini is all set to become the second manager to be given a second chance by Palermo in this season. After, Beppe Iachini returned to the Sicilian club for a second stint which only lasted for a short period of three weeks before getting fired once again last month.

Palermo is currently struggling in the relegation zone, the Sicilian outfit finds themselves in the 18th position in the Italian Serie A table with 28 points from 32 matches.

“We already have one foot in Serie B, we don’t have the mentality to survive,” Zamparini told Radio 24.