Di Marzio: Lazio line up Yakin to replace Petkovic next season

Respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims Lazio will look to replace Vladimir Petkovic with Murat Yakin in time for the 2014/15 season.

Petkovic led the Biancocelesti to the Coppa Italia during his debut campaign in charge, when a Senad Lulic goal was enough to defeat rivals Roma in a capital final. In Serie A, he guided them to seventh in the table, but this term they have struggled to build on this form and currently lie eighth place in the standings, some 11 points off a UEFA Champions League qualifying spot.

It has been widely reported that at the end of the season Petkovic will leave Lazio and become the head coach of the Switzerland national side, replacing Ottmar Hitzfeld after the World Cup Finals in Brazil. And respected Sky Sport Italia journalist Di Marzio has claimed that if this is the case, then Yakin will be appointed by Claudio Lotito as the new Stadio Olimpico coach.

The 39-year-old led FC Basle to the Swiss Super League last season, and this term he has guided them to within touching distance of the Champions League second round after a memorable group phase in which they have defeated Chelsea twice. Yakin has a sound relationship with Lazio director Igli Tare, and Di Marzio claims they have already been in touch about the role.


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