De Zerbi confident of Benevento status

Roberto De Zerbi feels he can save Benevento from relegation having taken up the reins at the struggling Serie A club.

The 38-year-old former Darfo Boario, Foggia and Palermo head coach was brought into replacing the sacked Marco Baroni, who lost his job after nine losses from nine games.

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Sunday's 3-0 defeat at home to Fiorentina was the final straw for Baroni, who had led the club to the Italian top-flight.

The result left Benevento bottom of the standings, five points behind SPAL in 19th and six adrift of safety.

Speaking to the club's official website following his appointment, De Zerbi said: "I accepted the call of the president [Oreste] Vigorito because survival is still possible. We all have to do our best and give it our all.

"I am a passionate person who gives the maximum and I will do so here in Benevento as well. As for promises, I can only tell the fans that, in this adventure, I will put all of my effort in."

Benevento have also fired sporting director Salvatore Di Somma.