ROME: While Lazio have not officially announced a new manager, a cryptic tweet on Wednesday made it clear that the Serie A club were planning to hire former Chelsea and Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri. (Photo).
Sarri is a former banker and notorious chain smoker who wears a tracksuit on the sidelines. Lazio’s tweet showed a hand holding a cigarette, track tops and a simple drawing of a bank.
The club have not officially announced the signing of the former Napoli, Chelsea and Juventus coach, but Italian media reported that the two sides agreed to a two-year deal earlier in the week.
Sarri would succeed Simone Inzaghi, who left for Inter Milan after five years at Lazio.
The meeting prolongs a tumultuous summer out of season in the Italian elite. So far 12 clubs have changed coaches, with only AC Milan and Atalana in the top 10 keeping their coaches.
Sarri, 62, rose to fame for his ‘Sarriball’ at Napoli from 2015 to 2018. He joined Chelsea where he spent a season, winning the Europa League, his first trophy as a coach, before joining Juventus in 2019.
In Turin, he won Serie A, but was sacked last August after a season at the helm.
Sarri is a charismatic and colorful coach who rose through the ranks of Italy’s lower divisions, starting on the benches of small Tuscan clubs while retaining his job as a banker. – AFP