In his New Year’s address, Palermo supremo Maurizio Zamparini told fans he hopes this is his final year in charge.
“We’ve reaped what we have sown. We’ve seen the confirmation that what we are doing is working, seeing as we are at the top of the table in Serie B and there’s a good chance we return to Serie A.
“[Director] Lupo and [Head Coach] Tedino? Since I’ve been here at Palermo I’ve not had a feeling like this with anybody else. We’re a three man team, and you can see the results.
“In the unfortunate season last year, I think that we’ve built a club that has young players and has no issues or preconceptions and works with a common cause. I’m happy because we have a [strong] club, even if there’s somebody that would like to see it destroyed.
“Will 2018 be the year? I do hope it is the end of my era at Palermo, with the entrance of new figures that can give the city what it needs to bring the club back to European play.
“I’ve sought for awhile investors but in these times it is difficult because of what has been said in the media and in the courts.
“I hope that the investors, along with my help can start a new cycle. My wish is to have a great year also from a sports point of view. Especially seeing everybody together to see once again, us promoted [to Serie A].
“I have nothing to criticize about the people of Palermo. I feel Palermitano in every way. I hope to see the stadium full again very soon because, like I’ve always said, Palermo has the best fans in all of Italy.
“It’s a shame in the last few years some negative things have happened. In regards to the offensive chants [directed at the club directors] things can’t get better from that. They need to take example from England. I hope that in the future we can change this, and also the sporting culture.”
Palermo was on the brink of being sold to a young American investor Paul Baccaglini, but the deal fell through. It was later revealed that the club is in a lot of debt and has been on the brink of liquidation.