He wants to get back as soon as he can and in the meantime he intends to observe the training sessions of old friends and rivals. Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho have said they will welcome him with open arms.
"I haven’t said I want to take a year out," he told the Daily Mail. "I’ve said I’m not afraid to spend one year out, trying to find a solution that enables me to stay in English football. If I can find the right solution, the right team, I will be very happy.
"I have been keeping myself busy, working for Italian TV when the Champions League has been on. And I will go to Manchester United and Real Madrid to watch training. I have been a manager for 15 years and this is a chance to go and learn something new.
"But now I feel I want to be able to wake up every morning and go training. Until now it has not been so difficult. It was the summer, there were no games. I went on holiday. I went to Vancouver.
"I was still on holiday when Chelsea played at Stoke, so I was not so upset. But now it is a little bit strange for me. I need to find a solution."