I say this is one of the happiest days, Mancini is a great coach and above that he is a Laziali Fan. This proves that conditions at the club between him and the board are getting better. This also proves that the financial situation at the club is even more promising (he stated earlier that his stay is dependent on the club's financial situation). Thank you Mancio, you are a great coach and we Love you to lead LazioRoberto Mancini has announced that he intends to still be in charge of Lazio for the 2004/05 campaign.
"I will stay with Lazio once this season ends," he told the RAI television programme ‘Uno Mattina’ on Thursday.
There were fears that Mancio could quit the club after he was heavily linked with a move to Tottenham at the start of this month.
And Lazio themselves conceded at the time that the tactician could leave in the summer.
"Mancini will remain at Lazio this season. That is for certain," sporting director Oreste Cinquini stated.
"He does have a contract until 2008, but the club is going through a difficult time so we cannot guarantee that he will remain for the next campaign."
Mancini decided to sign a new long-term deal with the Olimpico outfit in June despite interest from both Inter and Real Madrid.
He led the club into the Champions’ League last year despite their financial problems and got them to the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup.
Yet things have not quite worked out so far this term. They were knocked out of Europe in December and are way off the Scudetto pace.
"It is our aim now to finish in the top four and get back into the European Cup," Mancini told the ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ today.
"In order to do that we must pick up more points in the second half of the season than we did in the first."
Forza Lazio ....................