Fired: Francesco Guidolin [GALLO/GETTY]
Serie A side Palermo have sacked coach Francesco Guidolin and reinstated his predecessor Stefano Colantuono.

"Palermo felt that, in the light of the events of recent days, the conditions did not exist to confirm faith in Mr Francesco Guidolin who, therefore, is relieved of the post of coach of the first team," read a statement from the Italian club.

The position has been entrusted to Mr Stefano Colantuono."

The end of Guidolin's fourth stint on the Palermo bench comes after three consecutive league defeats and a series of public spats between the coach and club president Maurizio Zamparini over the last week.

Palermo were joint sixth when Colantuono was dismissed in November after a 5-0 mauling at Juventus.

The Sicilians are 12th in the table with 36 points from 30 games.

"I'm happy to return to the Palermo bench and I'll give my all to do well," Colantuono told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We'll try to lift Palermo up again and I'll do everything to finish the season well."

Source: Agencies