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EXCLUSIVE: Marco Rossi spies England move after Budapest Honved heroics

Defeat to Henning Berg's Videoton on Saturday was a setback for Budapest Honved.

But Budapest Honved's coach, Marco Rossi, still has his team well placed in the title battle, just five points away from leaders Vasas, where German coach Michael Oenning is in charge.

With Thomas Doll also leading Ferencvaros, Rossi finds himself confronted every week by a big name rival - something he's used to, having worked with the likes of David Platt, Ruud Gullit and Roberto Mancini, the former Manchester City manager, during his playing career.

Of his former Sampdoria teammates, it is Rossi who is now making headlines as he transforms Budapest Honved from perennial strugglers to title challengers. And he's hoping his work is being noticed by clubs in England.

"For sure, he'd love the chance to work in England," Rossi's agent of three years, Nicola Giuliani, told Tribalfootball.com.

"I can tell you he's among the best coaches working in Hungary.

"Last season, he took Honved to third place - their best result of the last 25 years, in a championship in which Honved has one of the smallest budgets. If Honved aren't fighting against relegation, then it's regarded as a big result."

Rossi, who's playing career also took in Germany at Eintracht Frankfurt and Mexico with Club America, is now among the most popular football identities in the country.

"At the moment, here in Hungary, after more than four years working, Marco is considered by fans, press and football specialists, as one of the best in the League, at the same level of trainers like Doll and Berg."

Giuliani says Rossi, who "can speak fluent English", now has plans for his next move - and feels ready to work in England.

"England is where he'd love to work next," adds Giuliani.

Chris Beattie
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