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Gattuso departure leaves Lafferty’s Palermo plans in doubt

The former Rangers man could be on the move come January following the Italian’s sacking

Kyle Lafferty’s burgeoning career at Serie B side Palermo could be about the come to a shuddering halt after the club sacked manager Gennaro Gattuso.

The 26-year-old forward was the first signing made by the former Milan midfielder, who was appointed boss of the troubled Sicilian side over the summer following their relegation from the top-flight.

Gattuso first formed a relationship with Lafferty at Swiss team FC Sion, the club the Northern Irishman joined in the wake of Rangers demotion to the Scottish fourth tier.

Speaking to the Herald Scotland just before the forward’s arrival Palermo Sporting Director Nicola Amoruso made it clear why the club were keen to land the former Burnley man.

"Lafferty is one of our major targets in the summer and someone we are following after advice and direction from Gattuso," he told reporters.

"Despite his height and physical presence, he is a player with speed over the ground and technical ability."

Gattuso’s departure from the team could therefore cast doubt on the future of Lafferty, who scored his first goal for Aquile during a 2-1 league defeat to Bari yesterday.

That result left Palermo with just seven points from their opening six Serie B games, a tally that was enough for the notoriously trigger-happy club president Maurizio Zamparini to instigate a change.

Since purchasing the club some 11 years ago, the owner of the Italian club has sacked 20 different managers.

Lafferty’s future now lies in the hands of Giuseppe Iachini, the former Rangers and AC Milan midfielder, who has replaced Gattuso in the managerial hot seat.

He will be hoping that the Italian’s links with his Scottish former employers will ensure he has a future with the team, otherwise the player that has spent recent years in Switzerland and Italy could be on the move again.

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