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Baroni fired by Serie A basement club Benevento

Hellas Verona FC v Benevento Calcio - Serie A

VERONA, ITALY - OCTOBER 16: Head coach of Benevento Calcio Marco Baroni issues instructions as his players during the Serie A match between Hellas Verona FC and Benevento Calcio at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on October 16, 2017 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)

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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.

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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.