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Palermo president Zamparini: Mangia can make us the Arsenal of Italy

Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini wants new manager Devis Mangia to make the club the Arsnal of Italy's Serie A.

Mangia took the role as caretaker when Stefano Pioli was sacked prior to the new season beginning and guided Palermo to a 4-3 win over Inter Milan in his first match in charge on the weekend.

The 37-year old is set to get the job permanently and Zamparini wants him to become the 'next Arsene Wenger' by instilling a stylish brand of football at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.

"I hope Palermo can become the Arsenal of Italian football and that Mangia can become our Wenger," Zamparini told Radio Radio.

"I have already told the club's sporting director Sean Sogliano to allow him to become our coach, not only for the two years which he already has a contract, but also for another two.

"I'm ready to get behind him 100 per cent. I think he's a coach that will become great.

"I don't want to lose him and I want to start a cycle with him."

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