Apr 25, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT
Following David Moyes firing as Manchester United boss, rumors continue to reverberate around the soccer world about who his successor will be.
So far Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has distanced himself from reports, then Jose Mourinho laughed off reports he was heading to Old Trafford and now Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is ruling himself out.
Ancelotti, who has taken Real to the UEFA Champions League semifinals and is battling it out for the La Liga title to add to the Copa del Rey he’s already won, has enjoyed a superb first season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 54-year-old Italian coach has now had success in Italy, England, France and Spain, after previously leading AC Milan, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain to silverware before his recent stint in the Spanish capital.
So, Carlo, what about taking over the vacant managers position at Man United? Not so much…
“This happens every year and I always say the same thing. I’m lucky to coach the best team in the world,” Ancelotti said. “I respect Manchester United a lot. I was disappointed for what happened to David Moyes but my place at the moment is here.”
Yet another ‘thanks, but no thanks’ for United, as it seems as though every coach in the land is distancing themselves from the huge rebuilding job needed at the Red Devils.
Ancelotti has the pedigree, persona and experience to succeed at Europe’s elite teams but it seems as though although he and others respect United, they wouldn’t want to risk ruining their reputation as a coach if they fall flat on their faces just like David Moyes did. With the ruthless Glazer family wanting success but not willing to wait for it, can you blame most managers for passing up a chance to manage England’s most successful domestic club?
Returning United to its former glory is certainly a daunting task. Who is going to stick their neck out on the line and actually do it?
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