Marcello Lippi on Thursday announced his resignation as Guangzhou Evergrande’s technical director, ending a tenure which included three domestic league titles and Asian glory.
The Italian, who took over the Chinese Super League club in 2012, decided to leave the role due to issues related to his health and family, while Italy’s Tutto Mercato suggested the 66-year-old was in conflict with club management.
“I will not coach in China anymore, I’m a little tired,” Lippi told Gazzetta TV. “Guangzhou will be my last stop as club team coach.”
But the 2006 World Cup winning-coach, who also helmed the first Chinese side to capture the AFC Champions League title in 2013, left the door open for a return to the international stage.
“If I have the chance to coach a national team, I will consider spending one or two years doing that,” he told the station.
The news came just one day after former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro, who replaced Lippi as Evergrande’s manager at the end of last year, was handed down a 10-month prison sentence for breaching a court order.
The former Juventus and Real Madrid defender’s residences had been seized as part of ongoing investigations for tax fraud, but Cannavaro was caught breaking into one of the homes in order to use a private swimming pool.
The 41-year-old’s sentence has been suspended pending an appeal, while his Evergrande side are preparing to chase a fifth straight CSL title beginning on March 9.
(Dan Orlowitz and Eric Noveanto contributed to this article)