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Lazio president to decide on Petkovic

December 24, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Lazio president Claudio Lotito is pondering whether to show Vladimir Petkovic the door before January or wait until the end of the season.

Vladimir Petkovic
GettyImagesVladimir Petkovic has agreed to take charge of Switzerland after the World Cup.

Petkovic was on Monday appointed as the successor to Ottmar Hitzfeld as coach of Switzerland after the World Cup. His contract with the Biancoceleste will therefore terminate in the summer, but Lotito admits he may have to leave before then.

"We've got to change something -- we need to provide a spark," Lotito said. "I'll be meeting with Petkovic, but we cannot go on like this."

Petkovic fully expects still to be in charge of Lazio when they face Inter Milan on Jan. 6, saying he will "not let anybody doubt for a second that I could neglect Lazio even slightly by thinking about my future role," but the name of one of his predecessors on the Lazio bench, Edy Reja, is already circulating.

The former Napoli coach could be appointed on a short-term deal to see Lazio through until the end of the season, when current Basel coach Murat Yakin is understood to be the number one target.

Lazio hero Paolo Di Canio has ruled himself out of the running, although he does suggest parting ways with Petkovic would be the right way forward.

"Maybe it's right for them to change coach now and Edy Reja already knows the dressing room and the atmosphere," the former Swindon Town and Sunderland boss told Fox Sport.

"It's the more experienced players who are not producing the goods in terms of determination and willingness. It seems like the dressing room is divided, but with Claudio Lotito as president, I would never coach Lazio in all my life."

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