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Chievo Hire Former Italy Coach Gian Piero Ventura

Former coach Gian Piero Ventura has been hired by last-place 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 on Wednesday they had agreed a two-year deal with Ventura.

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

The club’s president Luca Campedelli has also been banned for three months by the Italian soccer federation.

An investigation found Chievo had deliberately inflated the figures of transfer dealings with Cesena.

The FIGC’s prosecutor had requested that Chievo be deducted 15 points, and they initially risked being deducted points from last season and relegated in an initial trial in the off-season but that was thrown out on a legal technicality.

Chievo finished 13th last season, five points above 18th-place Crotone, which was the last club to be relegated.

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