Palermo once again find themselves at the hands of relegation. With 14 points in 24 games played, the Sicilian club is 8 points behind 17th place Empoli.
Palermo have been in Serie A since 2014, but have continuously struggled. Palermo is once again heading towards Serie B.
President Maurizio Zamparini has continued his mad regime which he is most famous for, firing coaches left and right. This year’s short list (so far) includes; Davide Ballardini, Roberto De Zerbi Eugenio Corini, and current victim, Diego Lopez.
How do the players in the squad manage to stay motivated when they don’t know if a manager is going to stay or get fired? A coach has plans, not all coaches have the same plans. This means that certain players will not have starting as the managers cycle in and out. This depends on formations, strengths and style of play which as I said before, not all coaches have the same plans. What we see from Palermo almost every week is the same heartless, lackadaisical, inexperienced results.
Zamparini has made great investments in the past which have benefited the clubs reputation and in the financial aspect. He has brought in good prospects again but they have not been able to make a positive difference yet.
The recent sale of Oscar Hiljemark and Achraf Lazaar raised questions as to where the direction of the club was going. Hiljemark was one of the Rosanero’s most influential players, similar to stars in the past, but the team as a whole continuously failed to get positive results. Hiljemark’s sale may mean Palermo has given up on hopes of remaining in Serie A since the struggling club just sold one of, if not, its best player. Lazaar was able to make headlines scoring stunners from long distance, adding a different element to Palermo’s broken systems.
Palermo have been able to find points and goals thanks to Ilija Nestorovski who has been a part of at least half of the goals scored this season. He currently has 9 goals and 3 assists out of about 20 goals scored. Robin Quaison has been a big part of the current Rosanero program. With his exciting flair and natural talent, he was also rumored to leave over the past January transfer window, but remains at Palermo. The last Player I will point out is Josip Posavec. The 20 year old Keeper has bailed out the rest of his team, making nearly 100 saves on the season so far leading the Serie A.
Does Palermo have what it takes to stay afloat? Probably not. With all the coaching changes, and poor recruitment of players and the amount of inexperience will not help them stay in the top flight. Palermo might need this demotion as a way to bounce back to what was once a sleeper club that took Serie A by storm. With the chances of Zamparini finally resigning, it gives the club a chance to start over with new owners and rebuild the club. Relegation gives them the perfect opportunity to do that since they have a team that is more than capable of winning Serie B. With a stable mentality, Palermo will become a decent team in the future. Until then, the fluctuation of Serie A and B will continue.