Premier League - Ancelotti to take one-year break

Mon, 06 Jun 12:28:00 2011

Carlo Ancelotti has distanced himself from the vacant Premier League managerial positions at Aston Villa and Fulham by announcing his intention to take a one-year break from the game.

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The Italian - sacked by Chelsea after their final game of the season at Everton - had also been linked with the manager's post at AS Roma, where he won the Serie A title as a player in 1983.

Ancelotti, 51, told the Italian newspaper La Stampa: "I enjoyed my experience in England, but next year I will not manage any team. Apart from a six-month break, I have been working constantly since 1995.

"Now I am stopping for a year to look around and study how my colleagues work.

"I have always said and I reiterate it that one day I will coach Roma, but it's still early."

Ancelotti won Serie A and the Champions League twice as head coach of Milan before leading Chelsea to the Premier League and FA Cup double in his first season in England 12 months ago.

He apparently paid the price for failure in Europe with defeats to Internazionale and Manchester United in successive years in the Champions League deemed unacceptable by the club's Russian owner Roman Abramovich, who remains hellbent on winning the European Cup.

They also ended the season without a trophy in Ancelotti's second term as United recovered to win a 19th English crown with Chelsea finishing the season in second place, nine points adrift of Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Turkey coach Guus Hiddink - who won the FA Cup as Chelsea's temporary boss in 2009 - is the leading candidate to succeed Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge.

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