Tongue-tied Lippi put off Premier League by language barrier

Last updated at 15:20 25 October 2007

Former Italy coach Marcello Lippi admits the chances of him coaching in England

are slim because of the language barrier.

The former Juventus boss has been out of management since leading Italy to

World Cup glory last summer, but is now keen to return to club football.

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Marcello Lippi

Lippi was linked with the likes of Juve, Real Madrid and Chelsea over the

summer, but insists he is in no rush.

And despite his love of Premier League football, he is aware his lack of

English will make it difficult for him to take charge of a club there.

"I am not thinking of any club at the moment," said Lippi. "I've only just

realised the fact that I want to return to work.

"I love the Premier League but I don't speak English and considering the way I

see and experience football this is a big handicap, because a coach above all

guides players and my primary concept is the group."

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