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Palermo sack Gattuso and appoint Giuseppe Iachini

Palermo have sacked Gennaro Gattuso and replaced the former AC Milan midfielder with Giuseppe Iachini, the Serie B side said in a statement on Wednesday.

Gattuso had been appointed in the summer in the hope he could lead the Sicilian side back to Serie A following their relegation to the second division last season.

However under Gattuso, making his first serious foray into full-time coaching, Palermo had collected just seven points from six games, their latest lost coming on Tuesday with a 2-1 defeat at Bari.

Palermo club president and owner Maurizio Zamparini, who is known for frequently changing coaches when faced with unsatisfactory results, said:

“It is with deep regret that we have had to release Gennaro Gattuso from his position as coach of the squad.

“His first serious coaching position was perhaps too big a responsibility at a club as demanding as Palermo. The results have proved us wrong. I have now given Giuseppe Iachini the job of leading us back to Serie A.”