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  19/09/2011: Cravero and Marino stand by Reja
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Pierpaolo Marino and Roberto Cravero have spoken to Radio Mana Mana and Radio Six respectively to discuss the plight of Edy Reja, who shocked Serie A today by offering to resign from his role as Lazio coach.

Marino: "I hope Reja stays and goes on to do well with Lazio. In Naples, he offered to resign several times but after a chat, we continued to work. I think this is a signal to gain the confidence of the club. When I was in Naples, we only had one incident with Lavezzi in Europe (when Edy Reja told Lavezzi to "go away and sit down" following his substitution against Benfica). Comparisons between this and the case of Zarate are wrong. Lazio must not forget the good Reja has done by saving them two years ago before bringing them to the brink of the Champions League. I saw Lazio against Milan at the San Siro and they made a good impression. In five years with me at Napoli, he did very well despite criticism. He is a reserved character, but a great coach."

Cravero: "I am on Reja's side looking at the results he has achieved in recent years. You know as well as I do the story of how he saved Lazio. If the company is refusing to accept his resignation, it is a sign that they still want him there."

(Cathal Mullan)
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