Midfielder will hope to secure immediate promotion for Rosanero.
Former AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has been officially named as the new boss of Palermo, despite his lack of managerial experience.
The 35-year-old has been handed a one-year deal, as announced on the club’s official website, with the option of a second which will depend greatly on the level of success in his opening campaign.
Gattuso had a brief, and disappointing, player-Coach spell with Swiss side Sion last season, but aside from that stint has no further experience at this level.
However, that has not put club owner Maurizio Zamparini off appointing the former midfielder enforcer, who will be expected to oversee a swift return to the Italian top flight next season.
The former Italian international replaces Giuseppe Sannino on the bench, after he was unable to prevent the club from being relegated, and will likely have to deal with significant departures this season as the club make the necessary cuts on the wage bill.
Known for his fiery personality both on and off the pitch, pundits and supporters alike have raised concerns over his relationship with Zamparini, with the club patron known for being trigger-happy when making management changes.
Nevertheless, Gattuso will undoubtedly be delighted at having another opportunity to coach having called time on his playing career, and he is set to be officially unveiled on Friday.
The Milan legend has made no secret of his desire to return to his old club as a coach one day, and it is believed that the experience of managing elsewhere in Italy will help him work towards his ultimate goal in the future.