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Ballardini has been afforded more time so he can slow the slide and begin to rebuild...

Lazio coach Davide Ballardini is safe for now as president Claudio Lotito shows him the hand of faith despite the club lingering just a point above the drop zone.

Lotito's patience has been sorely tested all season. His side are out of Europe and they have not won a game since August. Reports have claimed the axe was ready to fall on Ballardini who has been unable to build a steady framework this term.

However, a report in Il Corriere Dello Sport claims club premiers have held meetings to discuss the coach's future. Sporting director Igli Tare and communications chief Stefano De Martino are said to have convinced Lotito to hold onto Ballardini a little longer.

It is said Lotito paid a visit to the team at Formello and while he was not in any mood to listen to the picture of excuses drawn up by the squad, he did show a degree of faith.

Voices suggest a sense of togetherness at the club and Francelino Matuzalem has underlined that populist belief. He hopes club cohesion has the desired effect to lift the team out of danger.

"Yes, we are all together. Everyone is in the same boat here," said Matuzalem.

"We have shown that we are a united group. We just need to win. We have to win and convince and then things will change. It's fundamental that we start winning."

Salvatore Landolina, Goal.com

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