21 October 2019 07:24
Martin Palermo: Messi suffers as an Argentine LaLiga Santander - Barcelona Must be treated with more respect Former Argentina striker Martin Palermo wants his country to support Lionel Messi and has backed his compatriot despite having his critics. Messi recently played for his national team in a defeat to Venezuela and the Barcelona star claims that he will do his utmost to win something for his country. Palermo and Messi played together for Argentina and the former striker feels that it's time for his country to get behind the Barcelona man. The former Boca Juniors player also spoke about his time with the club from Buenos Aires with his then manager Ricardo La Volpe. On Sunday, the former Boca Juniors pair came up against each other in Mexico\s top division, with Palermo in charge of Pachuca and La Volpe currently managing Toluca FC.
Palermo have changed their ownership for the second time in three months. Italian Serie B club Palermo said it had been sold again on Thursday, the second time in three months that it has changed hands. A statement on the club website said that Daniela De Angeli and Rino Foschi had finalised "an agreement regarding the transfer of ownership of the Palermo Football Club" from British-based Sport Capital Group. De Angeli worked as a club administrator for 15 years under former president Maurizio Zamparini, who ran the club from 2002 until last year and employed more than 40 coaches during that time. Foschi, currently the club's technical director, was named as president.
"Thinking only of the future of the company and the supporters of Palermo, I have, with a lump in my throat, signed my exit from the club," he said. Palermo had not been in the Italian top flight Serie A competition for 30 years when Zamparini took over, however they did return there in the 2004-05 season and competed five times in the Uefa Cup and Europa League under his ownership. They were relegated to the second division in 2013-14, returned immediately to Serie A and narrowly avoided relegation in 2016 after an extraordinary season where the club employed seven different coaches, two of them twice. They eventually went down in again in 2016-17, and now currently lead the Serie B league. Last year, a takeover bid for the club from US-born businessman Paul Baccaglini was rejected by Zamparini, more then four months after it was announced that terms had been agreed for the deal.
David Platt and Maurizio Zamparini look on at Palermo's Tenente Carmelo Onorato Sports Center "I repeat, I have some ideas about football, but at the moment the main thing is to give the team some peace to do well. David Platt is involved in a company who have bought Italian club Palermo for €10 (£8.92). Platt, who played in Italy with Juventus, Sampdoria and Bari, is a consultant for Palermo's new owners Global Futures Sports. Second-tier Palermo were sold with €22.8million (£20.3m) debt and their buyers have also committed to investing in the playing squad. David Platt is involved in a company who purchased Italian club Palermo - for 10 euros (£8.92) Global Futures Sport CEO Clive Richardson (M) said Platt will help move the club forward Global Futures Sport CEO Clive Richardson said: 'We don't just look at it from an investment perspective, we have a board of advisors who come from the footballing world. 'For this opportunity, because it's in Italy, one of the members of our board is David Platt, who has both played and managed in Italy.