Palermo announce 11th manager in two seasons

Diego Lopez has been appointed new coach of Palermo
Diego Lopez has been appointed new coach of Palermo

Struggling Serie A side Palermo have made their 11th coaching change in two seasons by hiring Uruguayan Diego Lopez.

The 42-year-old, the former coach of Cagliari and Bologna, replaces Eugenio Corini, who resigned on Tuesday.

The Sicilian side have only managed two wins in 21 matches and are one point above last-place Pescara in Serie A.

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini has overseen about 60 coaching changes in 30 years as a club owner.

Deal of the day

Last season alone, there were eight changes and this campaign there have been a further three replacements.

Palermo lost their last league match to Inter Milan losing by 1-0.

Palermo has played most of its football in the lower tier of the Italian league but returned to Serie A in 2004.

Since then it has become one of the most prominent in Italy, also providing four players to the Italian team that won the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

It gained a UEFA Cup place for three consecutive seasons, narrowly missing UEFA Champions League qualification in 2007 and 2010, and losing its third Coppa Italia final in 2011.

The official team colours are pink and black, which are unique in European football.

The colours give rise to the team’s nickname rosanero; another less common nickname is aquile, referring to the eagle on both the official club logo and the city of Palermo’s coat of arms.