Lazio Part Ways with Igor Tudor Sooner Than Expected

Igor Tudor’s brief spell at Lazio lasted shorter than expected as the Croatian coach left the managerial position on Wednesday. According to the club’s official statement, the 46-year-old resigned from his place in the dugout only three months after taking charge of the Biancocelesti.

Lazio announces that today, Igor Tudor has resigned as manager of the first team,” the statement read. “The company thanks the technician for the work carried out, wishing him the best personal and professional luck.

Tudor joined Lazio in mid-March to replace Maurizio Sarri, who departed the club after three years amid a rough patch. But despite signing a one-year contract with an option to extend for a further season, he has cut short his adventure at the Stadio Olimpico out of the blue.

Lazio languished in ninth when Tudor arrived in Rome. There’s no doubt he reinvigorated the faltering squad. He turned the Biancocelesti’s fortunes around, masterminding a revival after Sarri lost five of his last six league fixtures down the final stretch of his tenure.

In his 11 league games in charge of Lazio, Tudor only lost once, going down 1-0 in the Derby della Capitale against Roma in April. He won six of his ten remaining Serie A matches, helping the capital-based outfit secure a seventh-place finish and a berth in next season’s Europa League.

Tudor’s resignation is an ominous sign for Lazio fans. Something is going on behind the scenes amid talks linking several first-team stars with a summer exit. Daichi Kamada, blasted by Claudio Lotito last week, could spearhead the exodus.

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