Lazio coach Edy Reja has tendered his resignation, according to club president Claudio Lolito. The trainer's agent had claimed his client would remain with the Rome club earlier on Monday, but latest word is that Reja's wish is to leave his post.
After training on Monday, the coach met with Lotito and revealed his desire to leave. His resignation was rejected, however.
"I did not accept the resignation and would not let the coach go," Lotito said according to Sky Sport Italia.
"As long as I am the president, the coach will be untouchable. Reja just wanted to express his unhappiness in a city that does not love him."
A meeting followed between Lotito and the team in which the president urged his players to convince Reja to stay. However, reports still suggest that he is unhappy.
Reports of Reja's resignation come just a day after the coach was jeered by home fans in his club's 2-1 loss at home to Genoa, prompting him to publicly express his dissatisfaction. Lazio are winless in two Serie A matches this year, having drawn with AC Milan before Sunday's defeat.
A final decision on Reja's situation is expected to be revealed during a press conference on Tuesday. Should the coach leave, there are a number of candidates for his replacement, including Luigi Del Neri, Pasquale Marino, Roberto Donadoni, and Rafael Benitez.