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  29/02/2012: Morning Coffee with... Ben
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After a chaotic week in the Capital, it seems coach Edy Reja and club president Claudio Lotito have made their peace and are ready to carry on with their adventure. Reja stated that he “often argues with Presidents, but after such arguments a stronger bond of friendship can be formed”.

On Wednesday Reja presented Lotito with his resignation for the second time this season. An action that has left many wondering, just what the problems are behind the scenes at Lazio.

After finally winning over the fans it seemed like it would be a disastrous decision by Lotito should he accept the tacticians resignation, as it was widely publicised that the president was seeking his replacement in either Gigi De Canio or Gianfranco Zola.

Last season was the clubs highest points tally since Lotito took over at Lazio, and despite having to do without a handful of key players this term, Reja has kept his team fighting for the third and final Champions League place.
It is a laughable situation from a neutral point of view for a coach to resign twice in one season, and it proves that the relationship between Reja, Lotito and director of sport Igli Tare is not a rosy one.

The support that Reja has received from fans in the past week has been extraordinary and probably helped motivate the coach to repair his rocky relationship with Lotito, and more importantly urge the president to keep Reja at the club.

“I care about this team, this club and these colours. It didn’t feel right to end my time at this club by walking away like this. President Lotito rejected my offer of resignation, we said what we had to say, clarified certain positions and for this year the adventure continues. According to what the President tells me, it will continue in the future too. Lotito said it to the squad in the locker room: ‘This is the Coach for now and for the future.”

So did Lotito realise that whilst interviewing De Canio and Zola, that he wouldn’t have been any better off with these men? Would it of led to a downturn in results? Despite criticism for poor performances, Reja has always managed to get points on the board and that is what counts.

Should the fans give president Lotito an ounce of credit for keeping Reja at the club? He certainly had the option of hiring somebody else to guide the team forward, but opted to stick with the 66 year old.

I doubt that we will ever find out what was actually said during the meeting, but the fans hope Lotito promised Reja that he will be spending some money in the next transfer window.

The rapport between Reja and the fans has grown stronger in the past few months, as it is now evident that despite Lotito and Tare not backing Reja in the transfer market, the 66 year old has still maintained momentum in their quest for Champions League football.

Despite losing three matches in a row, Lazio bounced back to winning ways against Fiorentina at the weekend and sets the Biancoceleste up perfectly for their encounter with city rivals AS Roma next Sunday.

(Ben Lally)
 
 
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