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Petkovic named Lazio manager

June 2, 2012
By ESPN staff

Former Sion coach Vladimir Petkovic has been named the new manager of Lazio.

Vladimir Petkovic
GettyImagesPetkovic will pick his strongest available line-up against Spurs

Petkovic, who had a short spell at troubled Sion this year, replaces Edy Reja after the latter opted to step down despite a successful Serie A season.

Reja ensured Lazio avoided relegation in his first season at the helm before guiding them into Europe and then narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification with a fourth-placed finish this campaign.

However, Reja had a rocky relationship with president Claudio Lotito and previously offered to resign before finally walking away last month.

A short statement on Lazio's website confirmed the Bosnian coach Petkovic's appointment but there were no details on the length of contract.