Paul Clement has publicly confirmed that he will not be joining new England manager Sam Allardyce's coaching staff. The 44-year-old, who endured a difficult eight-month stint in charge of Derby County last season, has become a close ally of Carlo Ancelotti in recent years and was retained as an assistant coach at Chelsea before also serving as his right-hand man at both Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid.
He reunited with Ancelotti once again in June after the Italian took up the reins as successor to Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, before later being linked with a part-time position alongside Allardyce and Sammy Lee in the new-look Three Lions setup. Such a role would have seen Clement work with England during international breaks, although it has now been decided that he will focus solely upon his work with the reigning Bundesliga champions.
"Following recent media reports I would like to clarify the situation with regards to a possible role with the England national team," the 44-year-old said on Twitter.
"After consultation between FC Bayern, the FA and myself, it was decided that it is in the best interests of everyone involved for me to concentrate solely on the job I have in Munich. I would like to wish success to Sam, the FA and the England team."
After being sacked by Derby in February with the Championship promotion hopefuls occupying fifth place in the table following a miserable run of seven league matches without a win, Clement later spent time with the England U21 squad. He travelled along with Chelsea's Steve Holland and Martin Thomas for a Euro 2017 qualifier against Switzerland in March and head coach Gareth Southgate later expressed hope that he would be"working with England at whatever level" in the years to come.
Speaking to a German weekly sports magazine over the weekend, Clement revealed his pride at being asked to join the senior coaching staff but insisted that his current workload was just too high.
"It is true the England team would have liked to have had me as assistant coach," he told Sport Bild. "There was an inquiry, and it is a huge honour. I thought about it but there is so much to do at Bayern that it is incompatible. That's why, after consulting with the team, I turned it down."