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  24/02/2012: Who Will Stay and Who Will Go?
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In the chaos surrounding Lazio at the moment many voices are being heard about the possible development in the coming days. Below comes a short roundup of the news and rumours emerged in the aftermath of what is being referred to as the second attempt at resignation current Lazio coach Edoardo Reja handed in ahead of the return leg of the Atletico Madrid tie.

First and foremost, the head coach himself has underlined that another U-turn, in the same fashion as what occurred shortly after the start of the season and after the first resignation was handed in, is possible. No doors seem to be shut, and Reja himself stated he is in talks with the management of the club in order to find an agreement for either a resignation, or a continued spell at the club.

Il Corriere dello Sport mentions that club President Claudio Lotito will have to choose between keeping the tactician, or keeping the man in charge of transfers and player deals – Igli Tare. Apparently the main source of irritation is found between Reja and Tare, a development of the former criticizing the work of the latter during the January mercato, while the latter has been commenting the selection of players and formations carried out by the former in recent lost games.

Earlier many of the fans were outspokenly against Reja staying at the club after five derby losses, boring tactics and a cold relationship with the supporters. Most recently, and specifically after the failed transfer period in January, the support of the tactician has become larger and at the moment most of the Lazio followers wish to see Reja guide the team to the end of the season. The anger at the way the club is being run by the unwanted Lotito, assisted by his right hand Tare, is again picking being underlined and one way to show these emotions are by standing behind the man who has wanted out himself earlier and who was booed against by many fans not long ago.

As the chaos has not been settling, rather the opposite with Reja stating he wanted to talk to Lotito before making his decision public, while Lotito never showed up for a rumoured meeting with the tactician on the Friday, names of possible replacements have frequently been mentioned in media. First out was former Lazio coach Zednek Zeman, who had nothing to say but “I am currently at Pescara”, followed by Marcello Lippi, who quickly stated he was only interested in coaching a national side at the moment.  Primavera coach Alberto Bollini has been mentioned as well, as has Simone Inzaghi, but both claim no approaches have been made by Lotito regarding the matter mentioned above. A more unrealistic target for the media has been Scudetto winning coach Sven-Göran Eriksson, but the Swede, despite being unemployed at the moment, confirmed in Swedish media that no one from Lazio had contacted him recently. Luigi Delneri, who has been looking for a new task since having left Juventus ahead of the current campaign, emerged early on but seem to have faded away as a possible alternative.

 The favourite to take over, if one is to believe journalists as well as the so called experts, is previous Lecce, Siena, Napoli, Udinese, QPR, amongst others, Coach Luigi De Canio. Currently without a job, and therefore available and ready to step in from as early as Monday, has brought most of the attention to the 54-year old, who might become the next Coach to set his foot in the dressing room of Lazio.

On Sunday Lazio face Fiorentina at home and the game might be the last appearance for Edoardo Reja in the capital – or will the Gorizia son remain as some believe? Only in the chaos named Lazio could the alternatives be as many as they are, with a possible new name taking charge of the team as likely as any other option available.

(Khashayar Kashefi)

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