Serie A strugglers Parma have appointed Franco Colomba as their new coach.
The Ducale club turned to the former Ascoli and Bologna boss after sacking Pasquale Marino following Sunday's 2-1 home defeat against bottom side Bari.
A statement from the club said: ''Franco Colomba is the new Parma coach.
''The coach has reached an agreement to guide the team until the end of the 2011-12 campaign. Colomba will guide his first training session this afternoon.''
Parma are just two points above the relegation zone with seven games of the season remaining. The Gialloblu have won only one of their last 10 league games and travel to Rome to face Lazio this weekend.