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21 October 2019 07:24

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Ex-Arsenal midfielder David Platt involved in takeover of Italian club Palermo

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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.

Palermo said that the move represented "a preparatory step ahead of the arrival of a new major investor who is drawing up their industrial plan for the club." In Zamparini's first few years, they routinely finished in the top half of Serie A, played in the UEFA Cup several times and had four players in Italy's 2006 World Cup-winning squad. Despite uncertainty off the field, Palermo are second in Serie B with 41 points, one behind Brescia who they host in a top-of-the-table match on Friday. Italian Serie B football club Palermo have been sold to an un-named London-based company for all of €10 (NZ$16.45). Owner Maurizio Zamparini - who bought the club in 2002 and last year stepped down as president - made the announcement on Sunday (NZ time). In a letter on the club's website, the 77-year-old Italian - who has employed more than 40 coaches in his stint - said he was sad to be leaving but was looking to do the right thing for the direction of the club.

"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.

"What we've managed, and sought for considerable time, is to find a partner that would be able to continue my work but with more financial firepower, and push for targets that can only be achieved with investments that, due in part to unfortunate recent legal developments in Palermo, I was no longer able to provide," Zamparini said. "Meanwhile the new London-based owners will put into action, with the help of industrial associations, the necessary steps for the construction of the stadium and training centre. Former Arsenal midfielder David Platt is involved in the project which has seen Italian club Palermo bought by a UK technology company for €10 (£8.91). In an open letter to supporters last week former owner Maurizio Zamparini announced he had sold the Sicilian side, who are currently top of Serie B, for a "symbolic price" to new London-based owners Futures Sports & Entertainment. Platt, who won 62 caps for England, also played for Bari, Juventus and Sampdoria and is now set to work as a technical consultant at Palermo.

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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.