Lazio President Claudio Lotito has given Edy Reja a ringing endorsement after comparing him with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Reja has guided Lazio to a surprise four-point lead at the top of Serie A with five consecutive victories going into this weekend's eagerly anticipated derby against Roma.
Speaking to Sky Italia, Lotito said: "He is my Ferguson."
When asked if he fit Lotito's description, Reja replied: "Hopefully.
"I wish to continue to coach until I am in my 70s and I hope to a part of Lazio's project for a long time."