Benevento sack Marco Baroni, name Roberto De Zerbi manager

BENEVENTO, Italy -- Benevento sacked Marco Baroni and named Roberto De Zerbi their new coach after becoming the first squad in Serie A history to lose their first nine matches of the season.

The southern Italian club are the only team in Europe's five major leagues without a point.

Benevento also announced they 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 (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.