Lazio are planning on sacking and suing coach Vladimir Petkovic, while reports claim Edy Reja could be named his successor as early as Monday.
Petkovic is set to take over as Switzerland boss after the 2014 World Cup when Ottmar Hitzfeld steps down.
The former Young Boys boss’ contract with the Biancoceleste is due to terminate in the summer, but the Serie A side are looking for a way of relieving him of his duties as soon as possible.
As well as sacking Petkovic, Lazio president Claudio Lotito also wants to sue him for one million euros worth of damages.
The club’s lawyers claim Petkovic lied about negotiations with the Swiss Football Federation, although the 50-year-old is set to claim unfair dismissal.
“This could be an attempt to force Petkovic into accepting a contract termination, but either way Lazio are taking an aggressive line and want to fire Petkovic for good cause,” lawyer Cesare Di Cintio told lalaziosiamonoi.it in quotes translated by Football italia. “It’s not easy to prove and in this case the onus is on Lazio to provide the proof he was in breach of contract.
“At this moment it’s a legal arm-wrestling contest, but it could well lead to court action. Petkovic’s contract with Lazio expires in June 2014, so there was nothing preventing him from signing with Switzerland.
“The real problem would be if Petkovic held negotiations with the Swiss Federation without Lazio’s knowledge. It could in theory be seen as a breach of contract or even of unsporting conduct by breaching the rapport of trust between club and coach. It would all depend on Lazio proving these negotiations damaged the professional rapport between club and Petkovic.”
Meanwhile, Reja, who had a two-year stint managing the Biancoceleste ending in 2012, is expected to be confirmed by Lotito as Lazio’s next coach when the club’s players resume training on Monday.
The 68-year old is reportedly planning to make Napoli defender Paolo Cannavaro his first signing in January, having worked with the player during his time as coach of the Partenopei.