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  01/04/2012: The Managerial Roundabout
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If you believe the normally unreliable Roman media, Edy Reja is on his way out of Lazio in the summer. Speculation has intensified over night after Claudio Lotito was seen fuming at the final whistle as Lazio went down tamely to a spirited Parma side, spearheaded by ex-Lazio striker Sergio Floccari.

There are three names in that hat at present with Gianfranco Zola as the frontrunner. He has been in that position for qute some time as it is believed that he did everything but sign the contract when Edy Reja announced his resignation in February. Corriere dello Sport believe that the Chelsea icon will waltz into Lazio in June, once the season is over and Lotito and Reja part ways.

However, ex-Roma player and coach Vincenzo Montella is also a possibility after Lotito praised his managerial abilities last week and refused to rule out the possibiity of the Catania coach taking up a similar role at Lazio. Montella has now welcomed Lotito's comments:

"Lazio? I am pleased to be linked with a club that is so important. My history with Roma would be a difficult step to overcome but I rule nothing out as anything can happen in time.

Napoli coach Walter Mazzarri is also linked with the Lazio job but with a contract at Napoli until 2013, he is ruling himself out of the race, despite knowing that Claudio Lotito is a fan:

"I have a contract until 2013. Of course, Lotito's words are pleasing, but that's where it ends."

(Cathal Mullan)
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