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Gasperini 'bitter' over Palermo sacking

Gian Piero Gasperini says he feels "angry, bitter and let down" following his sacking by Palermo earlier this week.

The 55-year-old was fired on Monday after a string of poor results and, as a result of internal conflict at the club, sporting director Pietro Lo Monaco also resigned from his post. They have since been replaced by Alberto Malesani and Giorgio Perinetti but Gasperini believes his job had become impossible.

"Some misunderstandings emerged between Lo Monaco and president Maurizio Zamparini," he told Il Giornale di Sicilia. "I found myself in the middle and it wasn't easy to move in that situation.

"It's a shame I cannot continue now that the squad is larger and more complete. We had done well up until the Sicilian derby against Catania in November [a 3-1 win], but from then onwards something was always missing.

"Victories within our grasp became draws and certain draws turned into defeats at the last minute. I feel angry, bitter and let down. We often picked up less than we deserved, but the results make the difference. I have to thank the players, who never held back, and everyone who worked with me." Zamparini responded in characteristic fashion, blaming the two men for the club's position at the foot of Serie A before going on to praise the arrival of Malesani.

"The squad is strong and we have brought in solid elements," the Palermo president told Radio Radio. "I hope to see the new Argentine players settle in, as on Sunday they were thrown straight into the starting eleven in the most important game of the season and some of them hadn't played for months. For that, I will never forgive Gasperini or Lo Monaco.

"Malesani is not a saviour, he just came here to bring a sense of calm to the environment. I know him well, as I wanted him at Venezia, but he then decided to join Fiorentina."

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