Palermo turns: Mignani in pole for bench, ex Bari coach

It’s boiling hours in Palermo. The dismissal of Corini is now inevitable and the management is looking for a new coach. Contacts have intensified in the last few minutes with Michele Mignani. The former Bari coach has overtaken Alvini and could become the new coach of Palermo. The track leading to the former Cremonese coach is still alive. However, other negotiations seem to have fallen through. Firstly, that of Fabio Grosso, who was the chosen one, but who wanted to take up the position from the next season. The names of Moreno Longo and Leonardo Semplici had also circulated, while the names of Rino Gattuso and Marco Giampaolo were just suggestions.

Mignani was also among the possible candidates, but the coach forcefully entered the race this morning, bypassing Alvini. Mignani coached Bari this season until October 9, when he was dismissed and replaced by Marino. After only one victory in the first 9 matches of the championship, the management decided to relieve the 50-year-old former Siena player of his duties. Seven draws, just one victory, and one defeat, with 10 points in 9 matches.

Too little for a city that had just missed Serie A a few months earlier, always with Mignani on the bench. In the playoffs, Cagliari won with a goal from Pavoletti in the 94th minute. In the summer, the dismantling of the team (with the heavy departures of Folorunsho and Cheddira) affected the slow start to the ongoing season, and therefore also the coach’s dismissal. In Bari, his name will however be forever history.

In two years, from the summer of 2021, Mignani indeed achieved promotion to Serie B by winning the Lega Pro Group C. The club then decided to entrust him with the bench for the following season among the cadets. His selection could not have been more successful, with Bari immediately becoming a protagonist. At the end of the regular season, the Apulians finished third in the standings with 65 points from 17 victories, 14 draws, and just 7 defeats. With Bari, he had an average of 1.71 points per game in 94 matches. An extraordinary journey that has cemented him as one of the best Serie B coaches. A journey that ended with a dismissal that was not solely dependent on him. Now Palermo is serious about having him on their bench. The Alvini track is alive, with Semplici and Longo always in the background.

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