Domenico Di Carlo will make his Serie A coaching debut next season after replacing Juventus-bound Claudio Ranieri at Parma.
Having earned two promotions in four seasons at Mantova, the 43-year-old Di Carlo has been hired by Parma, who just avoided relegation under Ranieri last season.
"Parma announce that a deal has been finalised with boss Domenico Di Carlo, who will coach the first team," read a statement posted on the club’s website. "The one-year contract will be effective from July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008 – with an option to extend it for a further season.
"The new tactician is young but already experienced and is an ideal guide for the Parma project. He will be officially unveiled on Thursday, June 14 at the Collecchio training complex."
Di Carlo said, "After four years it's time for a change. A coach knows when it's time to go and allow both the club and yourself to move on. I've got better and better at Mantova, not only from a professional point of view. That's why I want to thank the club board, the fans and the city."
Di Carlo started his management career in 2001 as a youth coach at Vicenza. In 2003 he moved to Mantova, leading the club from Serie C2 to Serie B in three years. He then helped the club obtain a place in the play-off final, where they were defeated by Torino.
As a player he won the Coppa Italia with Vicenza in 1997 and also played for Palermo, Lecce and Livorno.
The Biancorossi, the first team to defeat Juventus in Serie B, ended the 2006-07 season in eighth place, but Di Carlo chose to not renew his contract and was replaced by Attilio Tesser.
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