Tuesday April 5 2011
Colomba: 'Parma ready to fight'

New Parma Coach Franco Colomba is “proud to be here. It is a top class squad and we are ready to fight for Serie A.”

Pasquale Marino was fired after Sunday's 2-1 home defeat to basement club Bari and today Colomba put pen to paper on a contract tying him to the Rossoblu until June 2012.

“I thank everyone for the warm welcome. Parma are an important club and a top class squad, despite some negative moments. This is what I wanted: to be in a Serie A side.”

The tactician had started the campaign at Bologna, but was sacked just two days before the opening match of the season against Inter. He will have in his staff former Parma goalkeeper Luca Bucci.

“Bologna was a nice time in my career, then things changed and cancelled out my dreams, but now I have a new dream to take care of,” continued Colomba.

“We'll try to get our heads back up and turn around the negative trend. It's too early for me to say what the problems are, but I noticed there is a lack of consistency, even within the same match.

“In order to remain concentrated for over 90 minutes, we need to rediscover the faith in ourselves. We know what awaits us: we must go out there and fight for Serie A.”

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