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Zenga crosses Sicilian divide to coach Palermo

Walter Zenga risked the wrath of half of Sicily on Friday by signing a three-year deal to coach Palermo only days after leaving island rivals Catania.

The former Italy goalkeeper, who has expertly kept Catania in Serie A for the past two seasons, had been linked in the media with Lazio.

"He has signed a three-year deal," Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini told reporters.

Zenga has replaced Davide Ballardini, who led the club to eight spot in Serie A this term and had looked poised to stay before announcing he had fallen out with the outspoken Zamparini.

The club president had previously mentioned former Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri and Siena boss Marco Giampaolo as candidates for the job.

Palermo and Catania have one of the fiercest rivalries in Italian soccer and two years ago a policeman was killed during a riot outside the derby match.

Meanwhile, Serie A club Atalanta named Angelo Gregucci as their new coach on Friday.

Gregucci coached Lecce in the top flight in 2005 and was most recently at Serie B side Vicenza.

He replaces Gigi Del Neri, who left to become Sampdoria coach earlier this week having led Bergamo-based Atalanta to a comfortable mid-table finish in Serie A this season.


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