Carlo Ancelotti has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant manager’s position at Liverpool, insisting he will not return to work before the start of next season.
The Italian coach is taking a year out of football, following two hectic campaigns with Real Madrid, and has little interest in succeeding Brendan Rodgers at Anfield this month.
It seems, however, that the former Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp will be appointed by Fenway Sports Group before the end of the week. The 48-year-old is poised to sign a three-year contract with the Merseyside outfit.
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Confirming his decision to stay away from management until the start of the 2016-17 campaign, Ancelotti told the Associated Press - per Goal - at the Inspiring Leaders Awards on Tuesday night: "I enjoy my time now but of course I want to come back to manage - to work - because it is my passion.
"I want to take my time to rest, but next season I am ready."
Ancelotti would have been the safer option
Ancelotti, 56, has been working continuously since the late 1990s, when he took charge of Juventus following a spell with Parma. He then moved on to AC Milan, where he spent eight years, before arriving at Chelsea in 2009.
The former midfielder proved his ability to manage a big English club by guiding the Blues to the Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010, but was unceremoniously sacked at the end of the 2010-11 campaign by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
After that he spent two season with Paris Saint-Germain, before landing a dream role at the Bernabeu, where he helped Real Madrid end their long wait for ‘La Decima’.
While Ancelotti may have been the safer appointment for Liverpool, Klopp is undoubtedly the more exciting option and fans can’t wait to see the German at Anfield after the international break.
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