Liverpool candidate Carlo Ancelotti 'would prefer club in Champions League'
Liverpool's lack of Champions League involvement could bury their hopes of landing Carlo Ancelotti as manager, according Eurosport's Italian editor Davide Bighiani, who suggests the former Real Madrid coach is no hurry to return to football management after recent back surgery.
Would Carlo Ancelotti be the right fit for Liverpool?
Davide: There are many reasons why Ancelotti could fit well in for a job in Liverpool: he can fix problems, he can build up team spirit, he could again give a fresh European breath to the Reds and he has trophies from clubs such as Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid. But do you remember Istanbul? (Milan's defeat to Liverpool in 2005 Champions League final) He still does. That may affect his thinking.
How is Ancelotti's health – could you give an update about his back operation?
Davide: Ancelotti is reported to be ok after his operation in June. He is currently on a year-long sabbatical after leaving Real Madrid, but he has told friends he is in no rush to return to football. That could change with the right offer.
What is his standing in Italy? Would he not prefer to remain there and land a job in Serie A after his experience in Real Madrid?
Davide: Carlo Ancelotti is probably one of the best manager in the whole Europe at the moment: he has won as a coach in so many different countries and he knows the Premier League very well.
Carlo Ancelotti Chelsea 09/05/2010AFP
We don't know if he has changed his mind in the last few months, but we think he'd prefer coaching a team playing in the Champions League or maybe a national team after the Euro 2016 finals when a few jobs usually become vacant.
We think at the moment Jurgen Klopp remains in first position for the job at Anfield with Ancelotti an outside second.