Palermo coach Stefano Pioli is furious over claims of team selection interference from president Maurizio Zamparini.

Pioli was the hot favourite to be the first boss sacked this season considering their preliminary round Europa League exit, but has already been beaten by Cagliari's Roberto Donadoni.

"The disappointment is transforming into hard work, dedication and spirit of sacrifice. We are aware that we can do so much more than we've shown so far," declared Pioli in a Press conference.

"From August 28 a new path will begin for us and we hope it will be as positive as possible."

President Zamparini is notoriously hands-on in his approach and regularly criticises his tacticians in public.

"I do not field players on the orders of the club. I already clarified this with my lads and want to do it in public, too. I work freely based on my own work.

"My decisions do not depend on external factors. I did not field Antonio Nocerino against Thun because of tactical issues, not any contract dispute."