Palermo impress but victory isn't always enough for their manager-eaterDavide Ballardini might want to quit while he's ahead. Nine days on from his appointment as Palermo manager, Ballardini was all smiles on Saturday after watching the Rosanero thump Roma 3-1 at the Stadio Renzo Barbera Stadio Renzo Barbera (previously and still commonly known as Stadio La Favorita) is a multi-use stadium in Palermo, Italy. It is currently home of U.S. Città di Palermo football team. . "We were excellent," reflected Ballardini in the post-match interview. "I am delighted."
Not that it matters what Ballardini thinks. Only one opinion matters when it comes to Palermo, and that belongs to the team owner, Maurizio Zamparini Maurizio Zamparini (born June 9, 1941 in Sevegliano, Udine) is an Italian businessman and the current owner and chairman of Serie A club U.S. Città di Palermo.
Zamparini has business interest in several fields, with Emmezeta , a man who proudly describes himself as a "mangiallenatori" - a manager-eater. "Now there's nothing left to do except sack myself," chortled calcio's favourite egomaniac e·go·ma·ni·a
Obsessive preoccupation with the self.
ego·ma after dismissing former incumbent Stefano Colantuono Stefano Colantuono (born October 23, 1962 in Rome) is an Italian football (soccer) manager. Playing career
Colantuono, a centre back, started his playing career for Serie D side Velletri in 1981. one game into the Serie A This article is about the Italian football league. For other uses, see Serie A (disambiguation).
Serie A (officially known as the Serie A TIM season. The smart money says, despite yesterday's win, that Ballardini will be the one packing his bags before the season's out.
Zamparini has sacked 10 managers since buying Palermo in 2002. Before that he axed 17 bosses during nine seasons at Venezia. Only one manager – Walter Novellino Walter Alfredo Novellino (born June 6, 1953 in Montemarano, Avellino) is the current manager of the Italian Serie A football team Torino.
Novellino was originally a player for Perugia and AC Milan, being nicknamed Monzon , who took Venezia up from Serie B
"Results are the key," explains Novellino when asked recently what his secret had been. "In the end I always won." If this were the case, Ballardini would be in with more than a fighting chance one dependent upon the issue of a struggle.
See also: Fighting . This, after all, is the coach who took over Cagliari when they were bottom of the league with 10 points after 17 games in January, and steered them to 42, enough to comfortably avoid relegation RELEGATION, civil law. Among the Romans relegation was a banishment to a certain place, and consequently was an interdiction of all places except the one designated.
2. It differed from deportation. (q.v.) Relegation and deportation agree u these particulars: 1. , by the end of the season. Sadly, with Zamparini things are rarely so straightforward. This is not the first time he has sacked a manager one game into a season - at Venezia he once sacked Giampiero Ventura Giampiero Ventura (born January 14, 1948 in Genoa) is an Italian football manager. Career
After a short playing career started with Sampdoria, Ventura was forced to retire from active football at the age of 25 because of a serious back injury. after his team had opened with a win. In January 2004 he fired Silvio Baldini Silvio Baldini (born September 11, 1958 in Massa) is an Italian football coach.
He started his coaching career in 1984 at the age of 26 with Bagnone, an amateur Seconda Categoria team which he led to immediate promotion in his debut year. at a time when Palermo were comfortably on target to get promoted from Serie B.
As Ballardini will discover, there is little consistency. This is a man who demands European football every season, only to encourage his team to lose when they get there; who sacked Francesco Guidolin Francesco Guidolin (born October 3, 1955 in Castelfranco Veneto) is an Italian football manager and former player.
After a mild playing career, in 1988 Guidolin debuted in a managing role as head coach of Serie C2 team Giorgione, the main club of his native city, in March 2007, saying "he ruins the team", only to hire him again three weeks later insisting: "I have always greatly admired him"; and who told Colantuono his job was safe for the immediate future on September 3, then sacked him the next day anyway.
Right now the most important attribute Ballardini can possess is an ability to toe the line Verb 1. toe the line - do what is expected
abide by, comply, follow - act in accordance with someone's rules, commands, or wishes; "He complied with my instructions"; "You must comply or else!"; "Follow these simple rules"; "abide by the rules" . In that regard Saturday's game bodes well. Zamparini had been openly critical of Colantuono's tactics, questioning his decision to stick with a 4-3-3 formation, insisting that Palermo would be better served by lining up in a 4-3-1-2 with Fábio Simplício playing in the hole behind Fabrizio Miccoli Fabrizio Miccoli (June 27 1979) is an Italian football striker who currently is playing for Serie A team Palermo. Despite being born in Nardò, Lecce, he has always lived in San Donato di Lecce, also in Lecce. and Edison Cavani Edison Cavani is an Uruguayan football striker. He was born on February 14, 1987 in the city of Salto in Uruguay.
Nicknamed El Matador, Cavani moved to Montevideo when he was 12 years old, and came through the youth system at Danubio F.C. . Since Ballardini arrived the team have trained exclusively behind closed doors, yet nobody was surprised to discover on Saturday that he had taken the president at his word.
To be fair to Zamparini, on this occasion he may have been right. Against Roma, Simplício did an excellent job of linking midfield and attack, providing a relentless stream of passes for Miccoli and Cavani to run on to. Miccoli, meanwhile, seemed liberated by no longer being forced to play so wide. Further back a three-man midfield bank of Antonio Nocerino Antonio Nocerino (born April 9, 1985 in Naples) is an Italian football (soccer) midfielder. He currently plays for Juventus F.C..
He started his career at Juventus and, after a loan spell at U.S. Avellino, Genoa C.F.C. , Fabio Liverani and Mark Bresciano, the latter only called up at the last after initially being left out of the matchday squad on account of having played a World Cup qualifier for Australia away in Uzbekistan just three days earlier, swamped their Roma counterparts and starved them of possession.
Roma will point to a lengthy injury list: they were without Francesco Totti, Philippe Mexès, Simone Perrotta, Juan and Mirko Vucinic, while Daniele De Rossi Daniele De Rossi, Cavaliere Ufficiale OMRI, (July 24, 1983) is an Italian World Cup-winning footballer, who plays for AS Roma. Among his titles also the 2004 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, and the bronze medal gained at 2004 Athens left the game before half time with a neck complaint. But Palermo's performance was nevertheless impressive. Despite selling Amauri to Juventus they have made some shrewd moves over the summer, bringing in the accomplished goalkeeper Marco Amelia from Livorno, as well as Liverani from Fiorentina and defenders Cesare Bovo and Moris Carrozzieri from Atalanta. Miccoli was picked up last summer, but on yesterday's evidence looks ready to flourish in Amauri's absence.
On paper Palermo are strong enough to challenge for a Uefa Cup place, but as always much will come down to Zamparini. If he wants his side to do well Zamparini will sit back and let Ballardini work. Sadly, all he usually wants is attention. How else to explain his threat to sue Roma last season because their "sly ballboys" returned the ball too fast? Or the 2003 outburst when Zamparini claimed he would kill his players, then "cut off their testicles Testicles
Also called testes or gonads, they are part of the male reproductive system, and are located beneath the penis in the scrotum.
Mentioned in: Testicular Cancer, Testicular Surgery, Vasectomy and eat them in my salad" if they didn't stop "being shit"?
By keeping Cagliari in the top flight last season, Ballardini earned himself a reputation as a miracle worker. Palermo fans will be happy if he can just do enough to keep people talking about their performances on the pitch, rather than their owner's performances off it.
Crunch-time for Carlo
"Every time people start talking about my job security, the team has a positive reaction." So spoke Carlo Ancelotti before Milan's visit to Genoa yesterday, but there was little evidence of that reaction as the Rossoneri slumped to a 2-0 defeat. Milan have now lost their first two league games for only the second time in the club's history.
The Genoa manager, Gian Piero Gasperini Gian Piero Gasperini (born on January 26, 1958 in Grugliasco, Province of Turin) is an Italian football coach and former player. Career
Gasperini entered the Juventus youth system at the age of 9; during his stay at the youth system, he won an , deserves great credit for his team's fluid passing game, while Diego Milito was a constant thorn in Milan's side as he returned for the Grifone after a three-year spell with Real Zaragoza. But after a busy summer in the transfer market the Rossoneri had expected a much better start to the season than this and reports that they are preparing to replace Ancelotti with Roberto Donadoni or Frank Rijkaard refuse to go away.
"If you know something more than I do, then please go ahead and tell me," growled Ancelotti after the game when a hack asked him to comment on such speculation but he will have faced far more taxing questions from the club's vice-president, Adriano Galliani, late yesterday evening. The messages coming out of Milan have so far all been supportive of Ancelotti, and Silvio Berlusconi is always reluctant to let a good company man go, but without the possibility of a Champions League run to distract from poor league form, the current state of affairs will not be allowed to persist for long.
Round two talking points
· Just how good is Mauro Zarate? After almost rescuing Birmingham from relegation last year, Zarate scored a brace on his Serie A debut and followed up yesterday with Lazio's opening strike in a 2-0 win over Sampdoria. Lazio sit top of Serie A after two games, and travel to Milan next week.
· Gigi Del Neri's Atalanta are the only other team to have collected the maximum six points after two games after they beat newly promoted Bologna 1-0. Can Atalanta kick on from last year's ninth-place finish and challenge for Europe? Maybe, but only if they can stop Del Neri – previously responsible for leading Chievo from Serie B to the Uefa Cup – from having his head turned by a bigger side.
· Jose Mourinho's Inter have their first league win, but only after two own-goals gave them a 2-1 win over Catania. But did the ball actually cross the line for the second?
Results: Bologna 0-1 Atalanta, Genoa 2-0 Milan, Inter 2-1 Catania, Juventus 1-0 Udinese, Lazio 2-0 Sampdoria, Lecce 2-0 Chievo, Napoli 2-1 Fiorentina, Palermo 3-1 Roma, Reggina 1-1 Torino, Siena 2-0 Cagliari