Chelsea deal blocked axed boss Luiz Felipe Scolari from taking English job
16 June 2009 11:51
Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed a severance agreement with Chelsea prevented him from taking another job in England.
The Brazilian remained living in London after being sacked by the Blues in February and would have preferred to stay in the country.
But the 60-year-old, recently appointed boss of Uzbekistan champions Bunyodkor, says he agreed not to take another job in England for a year after accepting a compensation package worth about £6million from Chelsea.
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'I received an offer from an English club,' Scolari told Brazilian website Globoesporte.com, 'but the contractual agreement with Chelsea prevented me from working in England for a year.
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'I had offers from other clubs and national team and analyzed them carefully. I thought they presented the same situation that I had in Chelsea and could offer me further details, so I chose this new project, which pleases me greatly.'
He refused to name the English club, but has been linked to Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers in the last 12 months. His deal at wealthy Bunyodkor is thought to be lucrative; Brazil veteran Rivaldo picks up £80,000 a week at the club.
Scolari, who led Brazil to glory at the 2002 World Cup, indicated he would return to his homeland at the end of his 18-month contract in central Asia.
'I'm tired of being away, I want to go to the beach, directing a team here in Brazil,' he said. 'I'll be a coach for another three or four years and then I will definitely retire.'
He has previously indicated a desire to return to his hometown Porto Alegre club Gremio as a last hurrah, though there are many in Brazil who would like him to return to the national team in the run-up to their hosting of the 2014 World Cup.