Lazio president Claudio Lotito has vowed not to fire coach Maurizio Sarri following the ugly collapse against Atalanta. Some reports suggested that part of the team started to turn on the manager for his harsh methods.
The owner spoke with Corriere dello Sport.
“I haven’t figured out what the problem is. I’ll handle it and take the reins, as it has happened in the past, but I won’t speak with anybody today. I surely won’t sack Sarri and can’t waste time dismissing nonsense.”
The gaffer is under contract till 2025, so he and Lazio will need to decide whether to continue together in the summer. The Biancocelesti are currently ninth.
While there might be some unhappy players, they are fringe members of the squad who aren’t getting minutes and not the pillars of the locker room who could lead a revolt against the gaffer and ask the patron for his head, the outlet adds. In any case, Lotito decides on his own and is tight with Sarri.
As Calciomercato relays, the Biancocelesti have very rarely axed their coach in the past 20 years. It happened to Domenico Caso and Davide Ballardini in the early 2000s when they risked getting relegated and to Stefano Pioli a few years ago, but only at the end of the season when they had missed out on all their objectives.
Our Take on Lazio and Sarri
The split is unlikely to happen midseason but it’s pretty clear where things are headed.
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