Sunday, 20 January 2008

Reja: Quit rumours are untrue

Napoli coach Edy Reja has said he will not quit the club despite a further disagreement with club President Aurelio De Laurentiis.

According to reports in Italy heated discussions in the dressing room following Napoli's 2-2 draw against Lazio had Reja talking about tendering his resignation.

But the 62-year-old, who led them into the top flight last season, has decided to stay put for the time being.

"The squad have shown that they are all behind me," Reja told the Corriere dello Sport newspaper. "They are playing very well, we have 24 points and we are going strong."

Reja reportedly felt his position at the club had become untenable when his relationship with De Laurentiis worsened after Napoli had to rely on a goal deep into stoppage time to rescue a point.

The latest incident between the two comes days after the owner slammed the veteran coach for Napoli's Coppa Italia exit at the hands of Lazio in midweek.

"He didn't carry out the right changes at the proper moment," he said after the cup tie.

"The fact is that we should have played in a serious and direct manner from the beginning, we shouldn't have made certain changes only at half-time.

"We should have won but evidently someone didn't think the same way. Certainly, if you want to lose a game, you should play exactly as Napoli did."

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