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Di Matteo linked to Lazio

Lazio are said to have contacted former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo as Vladimir Petkovic's job hangs by a thread.

Lazio President Claudio Lotito is expected to finally call time on the troubled reign of coach Vladimir Petkovic in the next few days and Roberto Di Matteo may step in.

Petkovic will take over as Switzerland manager replacing Ottmar Hitzfeld after next summer's World Cup finals.

The Bosnian tactician led Lazio to the Coppa Italia last season but has struggled to deliver the expected results this term so far.

A 4-1 defeat to Verona left Lazio in eighth place with only 20 points from 17 games - a tally that has disappointed fans and President Lotito alike.

Lotito is known for his short fuse and there have been regular suggestions that he will lose patience with Petkovic ahead of the end of the current campaign.

Basel's Murat Yakin is the favourite to take the hot seat should Petkovic be axed but former Lazio coach Edy Reja is also hotly tipped.

Ex-Chievo man Domenico Di Carlo is also said to be a possibility but according to Sportmediaset, Di Matteo has been contacted.

Di Matteo has been out of the game for nearly a year since Chelsea sacked him and replaced him with Rafa Benitez.

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