Soccer: Palermo name Corini in place of De Zerbi

'Hard job' says former defender and captain

Soccer: Palermo name Corini in place of De Zerbi

Palermo, December 1 - Palermo on Wednesday night sacked Roberto De Zerbi and appointed their former player Eugenio Corini as coach in the second change of manager under 'coach-eating' Chairman Maurizio Zamparini this season. De Zerbi got the chop after the Sicilians were eliminated from the Italian Cup by second-division Spezia. Spezia beat Palermo 5-4 on penalties following a 0-0 draw Wednesday. Palermo is also last in Serie A, with only one win and six points from 14 matches. "I'm happy and thrilled," Corini said Thursday. "I realise I've got a hard job ahead of me, but I'm used to arduous tasks". Corini, who previously coached Chievo Verona, played as central defender and captain of the Palermo side that won promotion to Serie A in 2004 after 32 years out of the top flight. Zamparini has made almost 60 coaching changes in 29 years as club owner. It is the fourth coaching change in Serie A since the season began.

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