Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli has admitted that he considered taking a year-long break from the game.
The Italian has been in charge at Fiorentina since 2005 and led the club to a UEFA Champions League place when he finished fourth in his first season.
The club were later banned from Europe due to their involvement in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal.
But despite a punishment, which saw them start the season with a 15-point deduction, Prandelli led the Viola to sixth position and was named Serie A Coach of the Year before guiding the team to fourth place last term.
Despite failing to reach the knockout stages, Prandelli remains a popular figure in Florence and he admitted the reason why he decided to stay on was his hunger to win something for the club.
“It’s true I decided to take a break,” he told Corriere dello Sport.
“But I have already decided. I don’t need to wait until the end of the season. I am clear and I decided I want to stay at Fiorentina.
“I want to continue working here and obviously winning here. An experience abroad fascinated me because I talk with my colleagues who did this and they told me big things.
“There you are only the coach, whilst for the rest of your time you can think to your life and your hobbies.
“I also thought about returning to the youth section. But I know myself, I want to win something and I won’t stop until I have won something.”