Former Italy manager Marcello Lippi to end his career at Guangzhou Evergrande
Marcello Lippi to end club career at Guangzhou Evergrande
Marcello Lippi, the former Italian head coach who led them to a World Cup victory in 2006, has announced that he is going to end his club managerial career at Chinese Super League side, Guangzhou Evergrande. The former Juventus manager signed for Guangzhou in 2012 and recently extended his contract until 2017. He has won two domestic titles and the AFC Champions League with the side.
Lippi confirmed that he wouldn’t coach another club, no matter how big the club is saying “After my spell at Guangzhou I won’t coach a club anymore. Perhaps I could consider in the future coaching a national team. Now I think about completing my spell at Guangzhou. I don’t have any deadline, for sure my club’s career will end here.”
Asked about joining English giants, Manchester United, he said “Should it happen (an offer from United), I’d say no. In the past I was contacted by Real Madrid, twice, like Barcelona and Bayern Munich. That was in the past, but I was at Juventus and when you are there you don’t want to move elsewhere.Now even if I received an offer from the best club in the world I would kindly decline. This is my last experience at club level.”
The 66 year old has had a glorious career winning 13 trophies with Juventus and the highlight of his career, winning the World Cup with Italy in 2006.