It wouldn’t just be a big name that Pep would move to; he would probably want to have cash at his disposal or at least have a few tools in the shed where he can build a team that can dominate the Premier League.
The Catalan will not extend his contract at the Allianz Arena and will leave after three years in charge.
Pep Guardiola’s glittering CV does not mean he will be a success in England, according to Glenn Hoddle. He will get what he wishes but the Premier League must wait to learn the destination of the man who now knows how Mourinho used to feel when he was every club and country’s must-have manager. Director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano have already arrived from Barcelona to become part of the City set-up and the owners from middle east will be hoping they complete their collection by adding Pep Guardiola to the list.
“I am very honoured”, said Ancelotti”. I say that because I love this club and I hope, in the future, he can work here also.
A more likely next place of employment, however, is United, who invited Mourinho to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, and are now looking for a third replacement for the legendary Scot, having decided that results under Louis van Gaal’s quixotic leadership are unacceptable.
Here, we assess how the 44-year-old could look to spend the next phase of his illustrious career – from the widely touted options to some outside bets.
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini is praying for the return of injured captain Vincent Kompany to shore up his team’s defence and keep them in the hunt for the Premier League title.
Pellegrini’s contract has 18 months to run and the Chilean thinks Guardiola might follow him to the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola is considered by many to be the best manager in the world at this current moment in time and it would be a huge coup for United if they were to secure his services. “Some day he’ll come here”, he said in quotes reported by several national newspapers on Sunday.
The former Spain global took a year-long sabbatical before taking over at Bayern Munich on the back of the German club winning the Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup under Jupp Heynckes.
Guardiola is revered among Bayern fans for his knowledge of the game but has also been criticised for his run-ins with a former long-time Bayern doctor and allowing club icon Bastian Schweinsteiger to leave last season.