After quitting his role as manager of the Finnish national team, Roy Hodgson has taken up a job working alongside Inter president Massimo Moratti.
Hodgson, who twice coached the Serie A side in separate spells in the 1990s, said he had not ruled out the possibility of taking another post with a national team.
“If a national team wanted to have me they would have to be a) very quick and b) persuade the president to get rid of me before he even takes me on,” Hodgson told a news conference.
He said he would start at Inter in January.
Finland, who have never qualified for a major finals, finished a close third behind qualifiers Portugal and Poland in Euro 2008 qualifying Group A.
“We would have liked to keep Roy as the coach, he has done a fantastic job,” said football association president Pekka Hamalainen, adding that Hodgson would help choose a successor.
An Inter spokeswoman said the club had not been inforfmed that Hodgson rejoining, but Italian media reports in recent months said the Englishman was in the frame for an upstairs role at the San Siro.
Hodgson first coached Inter between 1995 and 1997 and then left the club again in 1999 after a short second stint in charge.