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Guidolin exclusive: I rejected these 3 Serie A clubs for new England chance

Napoli, Inter Milan and Lazio above all, but many Italian top-tier clubs in recent years have tried to convince Francesco Guidolin to coach their teams.

The former Swansea coach in recent years has chosen to put aside Serie A and the various proposals from the Italian league.

Few other coaches can boast of having rejected the Napoli or Inter bench, with Guidolin telling TribalFootball.com: "In Italy I did everything, in the last few years I had the chance to go to Naples and I said no to (president Aurelio) De Laurentiis.

"I talked with Lazio and Inter, but I decided not to accept".

He met De Laurentiis (before Rafa Benitez was hired), spoke with Inter and Lazio, but his only interest now is to work in the Premier League or in the Championship.

After all, in his experience with Swansea he showed how his football is international and fit for the Premier League. He proposed 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3, sometimes also other modules, demonstrating first-level tactical knowledge.

Charismatic and tactically prepared, he managed take a team in difficulty and save it from relegation.

Clearly there are differences between Italian and English football, but Guidolin was able to immediately adjust to the role.

He added: "I was confident that I could put something good of mine into the group, there was a bit of uncertainty because there was a new group, a new language, certain different ways of doing things".

A victory against Everton in his first Swansea bench game was determinant, a decisive result to get into the heads of the players and lay the foundations for winning the relegation fight.

"There was some uncertainty, however I felt at home right away, we had the skill and the luck to start with a win at the Goodison Park against Everton and this immediately gave the team moral, the coach-team relationship was born immediately in a positive way."

What's happening next? What should we expect from Guidolin's future?

A project in the Championship, where he could bring his tactical knowledge and work with young talents, one of his best qualities (he showed it with Alexis Sanchez, above all…), or a new chance in Premier League, where he left a great memory.

The 63-year-old continued: "The one with Swansea was a very nice experience. Hopefully it will happen to me again. I'd like to work again in the Premier or the Championship with a good project".


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