Former Chelsea boss Scolari open to Premier League return

Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, currently in charge of the Brazil national team ahead of next summer’s World Cup, has revealed to the Guardian that he would be open to a return to the Premier League when his time with the tournament hosts comes to an end.

Scolari left Stamford Bridge after the players rebelled against his management, the newspaper adds, but the experience has not deterred the former Portugal Coach – even suggesting that he could one day return as Chelsea boss, despite singling out Petr Cech, Michael Ballack and Didier Drogba as the reasons why Roman Abramovich terminated his contract.

The three players deny any role in Scolari’s sacking and Scolari himself concedes it may simply have been a personality clash than anything else. “I wish my work at Chelsea could have lasted longer, especially because I was prepared to spend at least two or three seasons in London,” he said.

I was upset by the way my departure occurred,” Scolari continued. “I was being honest with the club in everything I did. We were doing reasonably well on the pitch. A few players did not agree with the decisions I had to take for the good of the team.

If I had to return [to England], I would do it. Chelsea are a spectacular club and I still want them to do well. The supporters are amazing and even though things did not work out I still remember how nice the fans were to me,” the two-time Brazil Coach continued.

Scolari previously led Brazil to victory at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea and was appointed to lead the team for a second time in November 2012, despite having most recently overseen the relegation of Palmeiras to the Brazilian second division. Three Chelsea players, David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires, are regular members of his Brazil squad.

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