Paul Clement has revealed how he was prevented from joining Sam Allardyce's England coaching staff ahead of their Goodison Park reunion.
Clement comes up against Allardyce in the Premier League on Monday night when his Swansea side travel to Everton - but the two men almost ended up working together after England's Euro 2016 humiliation.
New England boss Allardyce wanted Clement, then Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Bayern Munich, to join his coaching team at St George's Park before the German giants blocked the move.
"We were so close to working with each other, but Bayern said no," Clement said ahead of bottom-placed Swansea's trip to Merseyside.
"It was always only going to be a part-time role, I was not going to leave Bayern.
"I understood why Bayern said no. They wanted me to concentrate solely on Bayern and rightly so with a club of that size.
"But I was disappointed because it would have been a great honour to work with the national team.
"So Sam appointed Craig Shakespeare and now they are working together at Everton."
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Oliver Kahn claims Sir Alex Ferguson is still mad with him for not joining Manchester United towards the end of his glittering career.
United were struggling to replace Peter Schmeichel and Ferguson made an approach for the Bayern Munich goalkeeper in 2003.
Kahn, who was Germany's captain for their 2002 World Cup final defeat to Brazil, admits he regrets not giving the Premier League a go before he retired in 2008.
"Sir Alex Ferguson is still mad at me today," Kahn told German newspaper Bild.
"He thought that I would move to Manchester United in 2003 or 2004, but I was more interested in trying to define an era at Bayern.
"Looking back, I should have done it then. It would have been a nice challenge for me."
Carlo Ancelotti has claimed he turned down the chance to become the new Italy manager.
The 58-year-old, who was sacked by Bayern Munich in September, revealed he spoke to the Italian Football Federation about the post vacated by Gian Piero Ventura in the wake of the nation's failure to qualify for next summer's World Cup finals.
However, he politely declined as he wants to continue in club football.
Ancelotti told broadcaster RAI: "I would like to continue to train a club team. The national team? It would be like changing jobs.
"Italian football has problems and I do not think I can solve them on my own. It's a federation problem."
Former AC Milan, Chelsea and Paris St Germain boss Ancelotti went on to elaborate on those problems, which he believes need addressing from grass roots level upwards.
He said: "We're not at the top level in Europe anymore. It's an unlucky cycle. Italian football has problems that the federation has to solve.
"We need to develop children, set rules and carry out reforms. Great footballers are not born every day, unfortunately.
"The FIGC [Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio] contacted me and I told them the same things. The federation must focus on the clubs. Italy needs a strong federation."
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Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery's season could be over after he suffered a serious knee injury at the weekend.
The 34-year-old injured his left knee in the 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin on Sunday and scans have shown he has suffered a lateral knee ligament (LCL) tear.
The managerless Bundesliga club tweeted: "Breaking: @FranckRibery has suffered an LCL tear in his left knee. Get well soon, Franck! #ComeBackStronger #MiaSanMia"
Carlo Ancelotti has left his post as coach of Bayern Munich in the wake of the Bundesliga champions' 3-0 defeat to Paris St Germain in the Champions League.
The departure of the 58-year-old Italian, who has also managed Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid, was announced by the Bavarian club on Thursday afternoon.
He leaves with Bayern third in the Bundesliga table behind Borussia Dortmund and Hoffenheim after four wins from six games and second behind PSG in Champions League Group B after defeat to the French side in Paris.
Ancelotti had been in charge at Bayern since the summer of 2016.
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