Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Malesani replaces Colomba at Bologna

Bologna have appointed Alberto Malesani as coach in place of Franco Colomba, who was sacked on the eve of the club's opening Serie A game of the season.

Malesani has been out of work since leaving relegated Siena at the end of last term. The 56-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Rossoblu, who drew 0-0 against champions Inter on Monday with youth team coach Paolo Magnani at the helm.

Malesani made his name at Chievo in the early 1990s before joining Fiorentina and Parma, with whom he won a Coppa Italia, the Italian Super Cup and the 1999 UEFA Cup.

"I had the chance to coach Bologna a few times during my career but it never happened," said Malesani, who had a spell in charge of Panathinaikos in 2005-06. "I'm very happy to be able to do it now as this is a very prestigious club."

His opening match in charge will be a trip to Rome to play Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico after the international break.

Source: UEFA

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