Official: Maurizio Sarri resigns as Lazio coach

Maurizio Sarri has resigned as coach of Lazio, the Italian club announced on Wednesday.

Sarri, 63, had been in charge of Lazio since June 2021. He led the team to fifth place in Serie A last season and to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

However, Lazio have struggled this season, winning only seven of their first 23 league games. They are currently ninth in the table, 14 points behind leaders Inter Milan.

Sarri’s resignation comes after a 2-1 defeat to Udinese on Monday. The loss was Lazio’s fourth in a row in all competitions.

In a statement, Lazio thanked Sarri for his work at the club and wished him well in the future.

“The SS Lazio announces that Maurizio Sarri has resigned from his position as coach of the first team,” the statement read. “The club thanks the coach for the goals achieved and for the work done, wishing him the best human and professional luck. At the same time, the club announces that it has decided to entrust the technical management to Giovanni Martusciello.”

Martusciello, 57, has been Lazio’s youth team coach since 2021. He will take over the first team on an interim basis.

It is unclear who will replace Sarri on a permanent basis. However, former Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi is among the favorites for the job.

Inzaghi led Lazio to two Coppa Italia titles and the Supercoppa Italiana during his time at the club. He left Lazio in June 2021 to join Inter Milan.

Other potential candidates for the Lazio job include Paulo Fonseca, Roberto De Zerbi and Gennaro Gattuso.

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