Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini admits he's glad Claudio Ranieri snubbed his offer ahead of a move to Leicester City in the off-season.
After Cagliari sealed promotion back to Serie A with a 3-0 win away to Bari on Friday evening, Giulini revealed that he attempted to bring the Italian back to the club where he made his name as a manager in the late '80s.
Ranieri achieved legendary status in England this season as he took Leicester to their first ever Premier League triumph, beating 5,000/1 odds.
However, the Italian manager enjoyed a similar cult-hero status at Cagliari after helping the team to gain promotion to Serie A from the third division Serie C1 in successive seasons, while also winning the Coppa Italia Serie C with the club in 1989.
"I am happy to have made Ranieri an offer last summer, but I'm also happy that he did not accept, considering what he managed to do in the Premier League," Giulinitold Sky Sport Italia.
"Our Coach Massimo Rastelli is similar to Ranieri and they both represent marvelous fairy-tales.
"It has been a complicated season, but this promotion is thanks to the hard work of our director of sport and our coach.
"There was a wobble recently, but our players are also great men and we managed to make our dream come true."