Oddo dismisses Lazio links in favour of Pescara stay

Oddo has categorically ruled himself out of the running for the Lazio job

Oddo dismisses Lazio links in favour of Pescara stay
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Pescara manager Massimo Oddo has distanced himself from the Lazio job saying "Simone Inzaghi deserves it, I hope to be Coach here next year" he told Sky Italia.

The 2006 World Cup winner admitted that he'd "never wished back luck on anyone in my life because I’m not envious."

Oddo enjoyed five years in the capital with Lazio, whom he'd captain in his final year with the club before a €12 million move to AC Milan.

The Stadio Adriatico-Giovanni Cornacchia club have an outside chance at promotion to Serie A, currently occupying fifth place with five games to play in Serie B. Automatic promotion is near impossible for the delfini but promotion through the playoff spot is very much possible with them just two points adrift of third placed Bari.

"Happy" for new coaches at Lazio and Milan

"I’m happy for both Simone Inzaghi and Cristian Brocchi, they’ve paid their dues and they deserve it" he added.

Despite Brocchi being installed at Milan until the end of the season, speculation remains rife about who is likely to replace him. Eusebio Di Francesco, once presumed the front runner now appears out of the race having said he is "likely to renew" at the MAPEI Stadium.

Inzaghi has likewise been handed until season end to show his worth with a number of candidates including Oddo and ex-Milan boss Sinisa Mihajlovic reportedly being courted as potential successors.

The 39-year-old, in his first managerial role insisted that he is "happy at Pescara, I hope to continue doing well and to be the Pescara Coach next year as well."

May have to do without star striker next year

Throughout the season Gianluca Lapadula has been continually linked with a move to the top flight with Juventus looking like his biggest admirers. 

The Turin giants, on course for their fifth straight scudetto, appear to have learned from their mistake having infamously let a certain Marco Veratti go past them to PSG from Pescara in 2012.

With 23 goals this season, the 26-year-old is six ahead at the top of Serie B scoring charts. He also has 10 assists to his name in what's been a relatively successful season for Pescara, who look to return to Serie A for the first time in four years.