Manchester United have yet to announce a permanent successor to David Moyes following the sacking of the Scot two weeks ago. But one candidate who will not be replacing Moyes is veteran Italian coach Marcello Lippi, who has ruled himself out of the running. Was he even in the running in the first place? Probably not.
Lippi, has though, saved the Manchester United power brokers the trouble of even approaching him regarding a proposed move to Old Trafford, with the World Cup winner claiming his current job, with Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, will be his last in club football.
“No, this is my last job with a club. Should it be offered, I would say ‘no’,” Lippi told ESPN.
“In the past I was contacted by Real Madrid twice, and by Barcelona and Bayern Munich. That was in the past, but I was at Juventus - when you’re there, you don’t want to move elsewhere.
“Now even if I received an offer from the best club in the world [Manchester United] I would kindly decline. This my last job at club level.”
Manchester United are expected to announced Louis van Gaal as their next permanent manager, with Ryan Giggs having taken interim charge of the club following the departure of Moyes. It has reported that Van Gaal has already agreed to join Manchester United, while the Netherlands boss said on Wednesday that he wants the job.