US Città di Palermo have responded to Sunday's stunning 7-0 home defeat by Udinese Calcio by parting company with coach Delio Rossi and installing Serse Cosmi in his place.
Cosmi has agreed a short-term contract until the end of the season as he takes over from Rossi, the 51-year-old former S.S. Lazio coach, who led Palermo to fifth place in Serie A last term. Rossi's sacking ended his 15-month association with the club and comes in the wake of three straight defeats for the Sicilian side, who have conceded 11 goals in their last two home matches.
For Cosmi, the appointment ends an 11-month period out of the game following his dismissal as coach of AS Livorno Calcio last April. "I'm proud to be starting a new adventure here. I'm working for a glorious club in a wonderful city. This is the chance I was waiting for, I'm ready," declared the 52-year-old, who has also coached ASD Perugia Calcio, Udinese, Genoa CFC and Brescia Calcio. Eighth in Serie A, Palermo may have exited the UEFA Europa League in the group stage but they are through to the Coppa Italia semi-finals where they will take on AC Milan.
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