Republic of Ireland international coach Giovanni Trapattoni has admitted he turned down an approach from Serie A giants Juventus to become their manager.
The veteran tactician has claimed the Old Lady approached him following the sacking of Ciro Ferrara at the end of January.
Trapattoni is something of a legend in Turin after guiding the club them to six Serie A titles and a European Cup in a ten year spell between 1976-1986.
But he rejected their offer in order to concentrate on Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
Speaking to Mediaset, he said: "It was impossible to divide my time between Ireland and a club.
"With a heavy heart I had to turn it down, as it was impossible to divide my time between Ireland and a club. It would not have been professional of me."