Bologna dismiss Colomba

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Bologna manager Franco Colomba has been sacked before the club's first game of the season.

Manager replaced before start of season

Bologna manager Franco Colomba has been sacked the day before the club's first game of the season. Colomba only just managed to keep Bologna in Serie A last season after taking charge less than a year ago. He had been preparing for the start of the new campaign, which kicks off for Bologna against champions Inter Milan on Monday night. However, the decision has now been taken by president Sergio Porcedda to look for a new boss. Reacting to his departure, Colomba said: "It's a club decision, that's all. Now they will speak and then I too will have my say, calmly."

Sceptical

Porcedda promised that Colomba's replacement would be in place by Wednesday and said that youth team coach Paolo Magnani would take charge of the team at the Stadio Dall-Ara against Inter. "We've come to this point to turn the page. To build a team that doesn't just think about survival, (but) building and risking," said Porcedda. "We've spent money and bought young players. We need everyone to be 100 percent committed to the project, if this doesn't happen, it will be difficult." Explaining the decision further, Porcedda added: "He was too sceptical about the team's chances in general." "The decision has been taken solely by me and I'm very sorry for him. I slept with a lump in my throat."

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