Edy Reja confirmed he’ll take over at Lazio after Vladimir Petkovic signed for Switzerland, with an announcement expected on Saturday.
Petkovic caused shockwaves this week when announcing he had put pen to paper on a contract to take over the Swiss national team after the 2014 World Cup.
“I am Catholic and wanted to observe the Christmas festivities by spending time with my family and letting others stay in peace with theirs,” President Claudio Lotito told the Corriere dello Sport.
“The team will resume training on December 30, so there would be no point making any decision yesterday or today. I will get back to work tomorrow.”
It is believed Petkovic refused to resign, so Lazio will try to fire him for ‘lying’ about his negotiations with Switzerland, even though his contract with the club expires in June 2014.
Reja has made it entirely clear he is to take over, in what would be a return to Lazio for the 63-year-old who already sat on the bench from February 2010 to June 2012.
He attempted to resign several times during that tenure, but the offer was always rejected by President Lotito.
“I don’t know if I will go to Lazio or not, but if Inter sign Ezequiel Lavezzi after January 6, I’d be happier,” joked Reja in the Corriere dello Sport, referring to the Biancocelesti’s upcoming game against the Nerazzurri.
“Facing a champion like him on my debut would not be the best. If he weren’t there, I’d have one less thing to worry about.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £5,000 monthly.