Francesco Guidolin has disclosed that he received offers for the job at Inter, was close to Juventus, Lazio, as well as the bench of the Italy national team, but insists that he has no regrets.
The former Swansea City tactician currently works as a television pundit in Italy, and in the course of an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, gave assurances that he is not obsessed with the idea of making a return to the sport.
“I am waiting for a proposal that will enrich me professionally rather than economically. Maybe abroad, perhaps an international team. I need something that reaches my heart.”
Guidolin nearly got the call to manage the Italian team after the World Cup in 2014, a job which was eventually assigned to current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
“I didn’t receive any direct phone calls, but there were signals and I got the feeling it was a matter of hours. Later on, Federation President Carlo Tavecchio confessed he had thought of me. It was gratifying to be in the running with Conte for the role of CT.
“I have no regrets, as I am proud of my results. I reached Europe eight times: four with Udinese, two at Palermo, once for Vicenza and Bologna, albeit the Intertoto Cup. I won the Coppa Italia with Vicenza, plus earned promotion three times from Serie B to A.
“Around 20 years ago, in different periods, I was inches away from the Inter and Lazio benches. In 2004 I had contact with Juventus, who then brought in Fabio Capello instead.
“In 2013 Aurelio De Laurentiis called me for Napoli and I said no, because I was sure I’d be at Udinese for the rest of my career. That proved not to be the case.
“The most tormented and difficult decision was turning down Inter last year, because I am an Interista at heart. As a child I lived through the Grande Inter era, but they offered me the caretaker role (after Frank de Boer was sacked).
“I got the feeling I’d only be confirmed on the bench if I won practically every game, which was impossible. So I decided to step aside and they hired Stefano Pioli.
“It’s fine and I remain an Inter supporter.”