The Italian has learned the managerial ropes in Switzerland and will need to have picked things up quickly.
Maurizio Zamperini, the Palermo owner, is renowned for having a way with hiring and firing coaches that makes Roman Abramovich look cautious – last year they changed manager five times.
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Since Guus Hiddink arrived at the helm, Chelsea have improved considerably after a tricky start to the campaign.
Newcastle United are staring down the barrel of relegation to the Championship for the second time in the past eight years.