The legendary manager confirmed in an interview that he did turn down a “mega-million” offer from Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, citing personal reasons.
“If I accepted their offer, I would earn more money in one year than I did in three years during my time at Bayern Munich. In the second year, they would give me four times that salary. It’s a decent offer, they want to spent a lot of money to hire me”, the former Borussia Dortmund manager told local newspaper.
However, Hitzfeld revealed that he rejected the job primarily to spend more time with his family.
“I finally told myself to stop. I had a promise with my wife and my family. I wanted to enjoy my time without the stress caused by football”, he said.
Ottmar Hitzfeld is widely considered as one of the greatest managers in football history. He won the UEFA Champions League twice with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, as well as seven German Bundesliga titles between 1994 and 2008.
More recently, he led Switzerland national team to the 2010 and 2014 World Cup finals. He decided to retire from football after the 2014 World Cup.
Guangzhou Evergrande hired former Brazil national team head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on June 2015. The World Cup-winning manager guided the team to domestic and international success, winning both the league title and the AFC Champions League