Posted on Apr 24
Christian Panucci resigned as director of sports of Serie A side Palermo on Tuesday just over a month after he took the job.
The 38-year-old former Italian international defender's resignation came about the club said because of a misunderstanding over comments made by volatile president Maurizio Zamparini which had been misconstrued by the media.
The press had reported that in an interview with a Palermo radio station Zamparini had said he was looking to recruit a sporting director for next season when in fact he had said he was looking to hire a vice-president.
"We are very bitter over this action," the club said in a statement.
"We would like to thank Panucci for the work he has done during this short period of time.
"This resignation comes after a misunderstanding over comments made by the president which were reported in an incorrect fashion by the press."
However, later Zamparini - who has earned the nickname of 'the coach eater' as he has gone through 45 coaches as president of Venice (1987-2002) and from 2002 Palermo - said Panucci had over reacted in resigning.
"For me Panucci remains a good person, but he has to change the way he reacts to things," said Zamperini.
"He got upset over my comments on the arrival of Giorgio Perinetti (the vice-president), alongside whom he could have made progress.
"There was no incompatibility, but he (Panucci) wanted to do everything on his own.
"But I had not given him carte blanche on that score.
"I wrote to him telling him that a sporting director must behave differently, staying in the shadows in order to obtain results. He replied by resigning."
Panucci, who had a distinguished playing career winning the Champions League twice with AC Milan and Real Madrid, had been working as a pundit for Sky Sport prior to being hired by Zamparini on March 19.
Palermo are presently 11th in Serie A but just six points above the final relegation place with five matches remaining.