Monday, 24 March 2008

Guidolin axed again, Colantuono appointed again

Palermo have sacked Francesco Guidolin and reappointed Stefano Colantuono as the club's coach.

Guidolin has been dismissed in the wake of Saturday's 3-2 home defeat to Genoa which saw Palermo slip to 12th in the Serie A table.

After the game Guidolin said it was "like playing in hell", alluding to the hostile reception from Palermo's own supporters.

It was a fifth game without a win for the Sicilians, whose President Maurizio Zamparini had been critical of Guidolin after last week's 2-1 loss at Parma.

Zamparini has now moved to axe Guidolin, who was in his fourth spell as Palermo coach, and has replaced him with Colantuono.

"After examining the developments of the last few days, there are no longer the necessary factors in place for Palermo to confirm their faith in Mr Francesco Guidolin," a club statement read.

"As a result, he has been relieved of his job as first team coach. That role has been handed to Mr Stefano Colantuono who will take charge of training tomorrow afternoon."

Palermo had started the season with Colantuono as coach, but he was fired and Guidolin installed in his place in late November after a 5-0 thrashing by Juventus.

Colantuono performed an excellent job with Atalanta last season and will hope for better fortunes in his second stint at Palermo this term.

Source: Sky Sports

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