If Pardew thinks he's under pressure, he should talk to Palermo boss

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew's position at Newcastle United may seem forbidding, but Palermo coach Beppe Iachini has things even worse.

Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini has sacked 21 coaches since 2002, but he insists that he will be sticking with struggling boss Beppe Iachini, as long as he does what he's told.

Newly promoted Palermo have had a rough start to the season and have just lost 3-0 to Empoli and 4-0 to Lazio, which would usually spell doom for a boss under Zamparini.

But while the fiery president has demanded the team enter a tactical training camp this week, Iachini remains in charge.

According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the beleaguered tactician has been given some orders that he must obey if he is to keep his post.

Zamparini has reportedly told Iachini that he must play more of his new signings, even though the coach has indicated in the past that the younger players aren't ready yet.

It is also believed that Zamparini has demanded a change in formation, stating that the current team is unbalanced.

Palermo's next test after the international break is a home encounter with fellow promoted side Cesena and Iachini knows he absolutely must deliver.

While Alan Pardew may feel that his position at Newcastle is tough, Iachini must be in one of football's most precarious positions.

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