Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has announced his decision to leave after 15 years at the helm of the club’s football operations. The former Biancocelesti player joined the club’s management immediately after retiring at the end of the 2007/08 season, and since played an important role under president Claudio Lotito.
Tare announced his departure to the microphones of TG1 (via Tuttomercatoweb)
“After 18 years my wonderful experience as sporting director of SS Lazio will come to an end. I’ve been making this choice for some time, but I’ve been waiting for Lazio to reach the Champions League target. It was a long and intense adventure made up of joys, defeats and trophies. I will never stop thanking President Lotito for the opportunity he gave me, the Biancocelesti fans who have entered my heart, the club with all its members, the players, the staff and all those who have been close to me along this path. Special thanks above all to my family who have always remained by my side. A prestigious opportunity I had both as a footballer and as a manager and which I will never forget, taking every single moment of this journey with me. With the hope that each of you will continue, with the same passion that I had, to jealously guard this beautiful reality. Sempre Forza Lazio.”
The news of the Albanian executive’s departure was expected to arrive sooner rather than later. Tare often was in disagreement with coach Maurizio Sarri and Lotito in recent times, but nonetheless leave behind a decade-plus legacy which Lotito will now look to replace with another competent figure.
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