Chievo appoint former Italy boss Ventura as coach

Former Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura has been appointed head coach of Chievo on a two-year contract.

The role is Ventura’s first since being sacked in November 2017 in the wake of Italy’s failure to qualify for the World Cup.

The 70-year-old replaces Lorenzo D’Anna, who was dismissed with Chievo rooted to the foot of the Serie A table following a run of four consecutive defeats.

Ventura arrives at Stadio Marc’Antonio Bentegodi along with his assistant Salvatore Sullo and fitness coach Alessandro Innocenti.

Chievo, who host Atalanta in their first match after the international break, are on minus-one points after being docked three points in September for false accounting.

A club statement read: “To Mr Ventura and his staff, from all of Chievo, the warmest welcome and good luck for the work to be done.”

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Ventura managed Italy for just 16 games from 2016 to 2017, replacing Antonio Conte after Euro 2016. A decent start to the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup saw him receive a contract extension until 2020, but this was ended after the Azzurri failed to overcome Sweden in the play-offs.

Chievo is Ventura’s 19th club job, having previously managed the likes of Udinese, Napoli and Bari. He has two Serie D and one Serie C titles to his name, but his greatest success came at Torino, where he brought them back to Serie A before guiding them to a top seven finish and qualification for the Europa League.