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Gabrielle Marcotti of Corriere dello Sport
"He will no longer be manager of Lazio by the end of the week."
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Rome football reporter Paddy Agnew
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Kevin Buckley
"All will be revealed tomorrow"
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BBC Sport's Andy Swiss
takes a look at the Sven Goran Eriksson situation
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Tuesday, 9 January, 2001, 08:12 GMT
Eriksson 'to quit Lazio'

Will he stay or will he go?
Sven Goran Eriksson could be poised to join England as early as this week, according to reports in the Italian press.

Numerous articles in the country's media suggest Eriksson may soon announce his resignation.

And a leading Italian football journalist has told the BBC that he expects Eriksson to leave Lazio by the end of the week.

Gabrielle Marcotti of Corriere dello Sport told BBC Sport: "I think it has become pretty clear from Lazio's viewpoint that Eriksson is welcome to leave, it's up to him to just walk out.

"Lazio chairman does not want to have to sack Eriksson, he wants him to resign."

Lazio are rumoured to have signed Dino Zoff as their new coach, and scheduled a press conference to announce the appointment.

It is said that Eriksson will cite the team's poor run of results and the fans' loss of confidence in him as the reasons for his decision.


Eriksson can stay with the team if he wants to, it's up to him
  Sergio Cragnotti
Lazio president

The Swede's departure would allow him to take control of the England squad immediately.

But Lazio's owner, Sergio Cragnotti, on Monday denied reports that Eriksson is cutting short his tenure at the club.

Cragnotti emerged from a crisis meeting with the England coach-designate to scotch rumours that Eriksson was about to be sacked following the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Napoli in Rome's Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

"Everything is going to stay like it was. I have had a meeting with the coach and he can stay until the end of the season, it's his decision," Cragnotti said.

"Eriksson is very sad with what has happened to the team and I am very sad as well.

"Eriksson can stay with the team if he wants to, it's up to him."

Sergio Cragnotti
Cragnotti: Impatient for success

Cragnotti's comments amount to a potentially significant change in tone from Lazio.

Previously, the club has firmly denied speculation that Eriksson would leave for his England post before his contract expires on 1 July; now, Cragnotti's remarks are noticeably more ambivalent.

The president hauled Eriksson in for talks following Sunday's defeat, a result that leaves the champions 11 points adrift of leaders AS Roma.

Asked if the Swede would see out his contract with Lazio until the end of June, the spokesman said: "That is the situation at the moment".

Eriksson is due to take the reins of the England national team on 1 July. Both Italian champions Lazio and Eriksson have always insisted he will honour his contract, which ends on June 30.

Zoff, who used to coach Lazio and returned to the club's board last year after resigning as Italy boss, says he is ready to come to Lazio's aid.

Pointless

"I am prepared to help the team as far as I possibly can without making conditions for the future," Zoff said.

"(But) Cragnotti was very clear up until last week - Eriksson will remain Lazio's coach until the end of June."

Lazio have now lost four out of 13 Serie A games and stand pointless at the bottom of their Champions League group.

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