Baroni fired by Serie A basement club Benevento
BENEVENTO, Italy (AP) — Benevento fired Marco Baroni and named Roberto De Zerbi its new coach after becoming the first squad in Serie A history to lose its first nine matches of the season.
The southern Italian club is the only team in Europe’s five major leagues without a point.
Benevento also announced it fired sporting director Salvatore Di Somma.
The moves on Monday came a day after a 3-0 home loss to Fiorentina.
The Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Benevento will have to pay Baroni 800,000 euros (nearly $1 million) as part of an anti-firing clause in his contract.
Baroni guided Benevento up from Serie B last season.
De Zerbi last coached Palermo nearly a year ago before being fired by the Sicilian club.
It’s the second coaching change in Serie A this season, after Diego Lopez replaced Massimo Rastelli at Cagliari last week.