Palermo name Papadopulo as new coach

January 29, 2006

ROME, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Serie A side Palermo named Giuseppe Papadopulo as their new coach on Sunday.

'I've had him sign a contract until June 30th,' the club's president Maurizio Zamparini said on Sicilian television station Tgs.

'All I've asked him to do is ensure we don't go down (to Serie B).'

Papadopulo, who has previous top-flight experience with Siena and Lazio, replaces Luigi Del Neri.

Del Neri was sacked following Palermo's 3-1 defeat by Siena on Saturday.

Palermo have lost five of their last seven league games and lie 10th in the 20-team division with 26 points from 22 matches.