Lippi rules out China coach position
Updated: 2013-07-01 17:26
By Qiu Quanlin in Guangzhou (chinadaily.com.cn)
Marcello Lippi reiterated that he will not consider any offer from the Chinese Football Association before his contract with Guangzhou Evergrande ends.
The 65-year-old Italian, whose contract with the Guangzhou-based club ends at the end of next year, made the remarks before a Chinese Super League game against Wuhan Zall on Monday.
"I have talked about it many times. But you guys don't believe me. Now I want to say it again that I will not take the job (as China's national team head coach) before my contract with Evergrande ends," Lippi said.
The Chinese Football Association sacked Spanish coach Jose Antonio Camacho following a humiliating 1-5 loss to Thailand on June 15.
"It will be very difficult to take a second coaching position," Lippi said.
"If the Chinese Football Association is still interested in me after my current contract ends next year, I will consider the offer …"
The Italian is a firm favorite among Chinese fans for the position.