Italy's 2006 World Cup winning midfielder Gennaro Gattuso will take charge of relegated Palermo next season, the club's president Maurizio Zamparini announced on Monday.
"Once the dispute with (under contract boss Giuseppe) Sannino concludes, he (Gattuso) will be able to be our coach," Zamparini told Radio 2 listeners, confirming news already brought to light by the Italian press.
Palermo were relegated to the second tier after finishing third-bottom in Serie A this past campaign, ending a nine-year stay in the top-flight.
Gattuso, 35, has little previous experience on the touchline, having briefly balanced a managerial role while playing for Swiss side FC Sion - a joint-post that lasted just 11 matches before he was sacked - last season.
Zamparini has a lengthy track record of hiring and firing coaches, having made 45 changes during his time at the Sicilian club but joked he was no match for his Sion counterpart Christian Constantin.
"The best is the Sion president, he's fired seven coaches in one season. I'm nothing more than an apprentice," said Zamperini.