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Lippi eyes 2014 world cup coaching job
Former Italy coach Marcello Lippi wants to take charge of a team at the 2014 World Cup but has ruled out returning to club management.
November 16, 2011 12:51 by Reuters
“In life in general, in any kind of work, there are highs and lows, good moments and bad and I was lucky I had a lot of success,” Lippi told the Aspire4Sport conference in Doha.
“The last one hasn’t been a success, South Africa. I took one year off, a mental break. I want to start my work again, but I don’t want to go back to a club.
“I want another experience…in a national team to build a team, a new national team and play another World Cup — Brazil in 2014.”
Cesare Prandelli succeeded Lippi as Italy coach and has shrewdly guided them to Euro 2012.
Lippi won five Serie A titles and the Champions League with Juventus in two stints in charge of the Turin club, but he is wary of returning for a third time.
“I had chances to go back to Juventus in the last (few) years…and it didn’t happen,” said the 63 year-old.
“Now Juventus have a great coach (Antonio Conte), they are beginning a new cycle. I don’t think they need me, but the relationship is so nice that if they need me one day I’ll be available. I hope that doesn’t happen, because that would mean Juventus got bad.”
Juve have not won a league title since they were demoted to Serie B in 2006 as part of the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal, but they are unbeaten this season under Lippi’s former Juve player Conte and lie two points behind Serie A leaders Udinese with a game in hand. (Reporting by Matt Smith)