Monday, 19 March 2007

Zamparini ponders Guidolin axe

Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini has cast doubt on the future of coach Francesco Guidolin at the club.

Zampa recalled the tactician last summer after Guidolin initially quit the outfit in the summer of 2005, but a recent slump in form may see another change on the Rosanero bench.

Although Zamparini insists he has a decent relationship with the coach who is contracted until 2009, he has again criticised the former Bologna man.

"Every now and again you journalists invent problems between myself and Guidolin," the fiery chief explained. "He may be a coach without enthusiasm at times, but our lack of results over recent weeks is not all down to him.

"Nevertheless, he also has the habits of other coaches," he added. "It is unthinkable for him to leave out players like [Mark] Bresciano and [David] Di Michele.

"After all, two years ago he always played with [Lamberto] Zauli – even when he was only available on one leg. That’s the sort of coach he is and I’ve never been able to change him."

Adding more fuel to the fire, Zamparini went on to speculate on what he would be looking for if Guidolin was to leave in the summer.

"If I wasn’t to confirm him then I would opt for a young replacement," continued the former Venezia patron. "One who can transmit enthusiasm to the squad.

"Atalanta’s Stefano Colantuono? He’s doing very well this season with his side. Gigi Cagni? He’s an excellent boss and I must compliment the Empoli man."

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