Scolari wants to return to EPL

Last Updated: Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 13:22

Rio de Janeiro: Sep 15 Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed his desire to return to the English Premier League.

The 63-year-old, who was sacked as coach of Brazilian top-flight club Palmeiras Thursday, told SBS The World Game that he had unfinished business in England, as reported by a news agency.

"If I had the chance to go back I would not hesitate," Scolari said. "The English league is fantastic - the best in the world."

Scolari joined Chelsea in July 2008 following successful spells as coach of Brazil - whom he led to victory at the 2002 World Cup - and Portugal.

But he was sacked just seven months into his contract at Stamford Bridge amid a poor run of results and reports of dressing room discontent.

Scolari admitted he fell out with striker Didier Drogba over a decision to select Nicolas Anelka ahead of the Ivorian.

Scolari admitted he fell out with striker Didier Drogba over a decision to select Nicolas Anelka ahead of the Ivorian.

"Yes we had some problems," Scolari said. "He wanted to play despite being injured. I said, "Your life after football is important to me."

"He understood differently. When he was in good condition he thought he was the best option but we also had Anelka who was playing very well at the time. That was the start of the problems.

"I am sure that if I went back to England now I would be successful. I know what the players are like and what they need. I think it`s possible to mix my Brazilian style with the English way."

Apart from a burning ambition to return to the Premier League, Scolari said his other remaining goal in football was to coach a national team at the 2014 World Cup.

"I want to be involved in the World Cup in my home country but I am still waiting for an invitation," he said.

"I think I have three or four years left as a coach, no more. Any longer and my wife would kill me."

IANS



First Published: Saturday, September 15, 2012 - 13:30

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