Scolari promises fun and games

LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI will shun the London nightlife and build a close relationship with his players by sharing a laugh and joke with them.

The Brazilian is set to take up his role at Stamford Bridge on July 1 but despite fears of a management style built on strict discipline, Scolari claims he would much prefer to get to know his new squad in a light-hearted atmosphere.

Scolari’s Portugal bowed out of Euro 2008 on Thursday night after losing 3-2 to Germany, and although he has been out of club management for seven years, he insists there is no danger of being out of his depth.

The 59-year-old also promised his squad a few laughs along the way as he prepares to take control at Stamford Bridge.

“I spent 20 years as a club manager, so I think I know the ins and outs of club management,” said Scolari. “First I look for technical qualities, then personal qualities and how they work as a unit because we are a team.

“I feel comfortable anywhere in the world as I establish good relations with people surrounding me. I like to play, I like jokes and I like to work with my players in a good atmosphere.

“But I don’t like high society. I don’t like to go to parties. I’m shy but I have a good relationship with all my players and that is the most important thing.”

Scolari may not be taking charge until July 1, but he looks set to sanction two departures from the club.

Veteran midfielder Claude Makelele could be the first out of the door, after reports in France claimed he was on the brink of joining Paris St Germain.

The 35-year-old has one year left on his current contract and had initial talks with Chelsea about extending his deal until 2011. But that was before the sacking of Avram Grant, and the appointment of Scolari as his replacement.

Winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, who found himself out of favour under Grant, is also understood to be on the brink of agreeing a £10 million switch to Portsmouth. The move would help fund an anticipated spending spree under Scolari.


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