World Cup winning coach says he turned down Spurs approach

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Dom Le Roy

Until the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino in the summer of 2014, Daniel Levy didn’t have the greatest of records when it came to appointing managers.

The Spurs chairman had his fair share of poor appointments including the likes of Jacques Santini, Juande Ramos, and Tim Sherwood.

In fact, Levy was accused of being rather too trigger-happy when it comes to getting rid of managers for a long time. It now turns out that Tottenham were really close to securing one of the most decorated managers in recent history- Marcello Lippi.

In an interview to The Daily Mail, Lippi revealed that the Lilywhites made an approach to sign him when he was the manager of Juventus but that he was not too keen on leaving Turin.

The 71-year-old who masterminded Italy’s World Cup triumph in 2006, admitted that his inability to speak English was one of the reasons he turned down the offer.

Lippi said, “I was very close to Tottenham when I was coaching Juventus”

“They were very nice to me by contacting my son Davide. But I didn’t feel like leaving Turin and Juventus.

“For me, Juve was like Manchester United for Ferguson: a unique club that I loved to bits.

“I didn’t speak English well and that was also a reason I declined. Someone told me that Ferguson also didn’t speak English well because he was Scottish!”

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Although Lippi enjoyed an extremely successful career as a manager, he certainly wasn’t the most forward-thinking which is probably why his stock fell towards the end of his career. So in my opinion, Spurs certainly dodged a bullet here as his style of football wouldn’t have inspired the Tottenham faithful.

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