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  04/01/2014: Reja Vu 2.0
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It’s Official, the announcement has finally come of the sacking of Vladimir Petkovic, which sees the end of the drawn out coaching saga, SS Lazio absolutely have a new coach.

The confirmation coming late on January 4th, with a statement on the club’s official website reading “Lazio announce that they have terminated the employment contract of Vladimir Petkovic, Antonio Mancione and Paolo Rongoni”.

This sees a second coming for Edoardo Reja who had previously coached the team from 2010 to 2012 and infamously reported to have walked out numerous times in frustration as his demands were not met.

Is he here to make amends and finish his career on a high note? One can only hope. The team has had a poor start to the season in the Serie A with a stream of losses and low goal tally, which sees them in 10th position.

After such highs as holding the Coppa Italia at the end of last season, fans have wanted to continue to excel rather than sink fast. But this is yet to be the case in Italy, the players seem discouraged and with moral at an all time low, they have had to apologize to the fans after games.

More of the club statement reads ”The club announce that they have installed coach Edoardo Reja, who will be assisted by the Primavera's Alberto Bollini and Adriano Bianchini” which is an interesting move, Bollini has a long history of management this being his first assistant coaching stint and Bianchi being a fitness coach to compliment him.

Reja has taken over training sessions and looked the part, he had to be registered as the coach at least a day before the first game of the season coming up on Sunday against Inter Milan, otherwise he would not be able to coach from the bench.

It is not all over yet though, with Petkovic announcing he will sue for not only for not receiving payment for services from December, but also claiming a ‘loss of image’ in that he declines the accusations that he lied about his contract with the Swiss FA and that ‘dismissal for cause would be illegitimate’.

So yes it is conclusively true Petkovic has been fired and the newer era of Reja has begun, but surely how could president Claudio Lotito entice him back without some kind of promise that we don’t know about yet, considering he did walk out in the first place because of a disagreement or falling out with the president and fans. They must have some kind of deal that hasn’t surfaced to the public yet, which the fans can only hope means new purchases to bolster the squad as aging striker Miroslav Klose hints at departure and possible retirement in the near future and reports of offers for other striker Sergio Floccari from Turkey come in.

And who knows, turmoil might do the team some good though. It wouldn’t be the first time a fresh coach has given a win straight up after taking over the reigns.
Author: Michael D Bailey
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