Another soccer coach falls in Italy's top league

Another soccer coach falls in Italy's top league

Published Jan. 9, 2012 5:42 p.m. ET

Half the teams in Italy's top soccer league have changed coaches since August.

The latest one is Franco Colomba at Parma on Monday. That's the 11th coaching change in the 20-team Serie A. One team has changed coaches twice.

Colomba was replaced by Roberto Donadoni, who coached Italy at the 2008 European Championship. He signed a contract through next season.

Parma announced the decision on its website. The move comes two days after a 5-0 loss to Inter Milan stretched Parma's winless streak to six matches. Nearly at the season's midway point, Parma is in 15th place, seven points ahead of the relegation zone.


Colomba had coached Parma for the final seven games of last season. Donadoni's last job was with Cagliari, where he was fired in August.