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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.

Di Matteo does not have a club at the moment – one would assume he is waiting for the right opportunity to come along – but, if things don’t pick up under Villas-Boas at Tottenham, would he be an appointment that the fans would welcome?

Di Matteo is less experienced as a manager than Villas-Boas but he is eight years older and has won more in England – he sits up on a platform with Sir Alex Ferguson, and Rafael Benitez as the only managers of English clubs to win the Champions League and only with Ferguson as a manager to win both the FA Cup and Champions League in the same season.

Villas- Boas has not won a title in England and has not won the Champions League –his honours include a Primeira Liga title and two domestic cup titles in Portugal with Porto as well as the Europa League title – all in 2010/11.

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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