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Former Italy coach Ventura hired at last-place Chievo

October 10, 2018
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FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 file photo, Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura gestures during the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy. Serie A club Chievo Verona announced Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 that hired former Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura who was fired nearly a year ago for Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

VERONA, Italy (AP) — Former Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura has been hired by last-place Serie A club Chievo Verona.

It’s the first job for Ventura since he was fired nearly a year ago for Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Chievo announced Wednesday that it has reached a two-year deal with Ventura.

The 70-year-old Ventura replaces Lorenzo D’Anna, who was fired on Tuesday following Chievo’s 3-1 loss at AC Milan, the club’s sixth loss in eight matches.

Chievo’s only points have come from two draws and the squad has minus-1 point after being deducted three points last month for false accounting.

Ventura has also coached Sampdoria, Udinese, Cagliari, Napoli, Hellas Verona, Pisa, Bari and Torino.

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