Pep Guardiola wants to manage in England

Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has spoken for the first time of his desire to take on the "challenge" of managing an English club in the future.

Guardiola, who guided Barca to 14 trophies in four seasons at the Nou Camp, is looking for a new job.

The 41-year-old said: "As a player I couldn't realise my dream to play there [in England]."

"But I hope in the future, I have a challenge to be a coach or a manager there."

His comments will alert Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, who are all believed to be monitoring Guardiola's position.

It comes after Jose Mourinho expressed his desire to return to England  when his time at Real Madrid comes to an end.

Guardiola added: "It is unique, to play in that league. I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players and everything.

"I am still young, just 41, so I hope in the future I could be able to train there and enjoy that.

"I've always found English football very fascinating, just for the environment, the crowd and the supporters.

"The support of the home team is amazing. In Italy, Latin people will support you when they are playing and when you lose, they kill you.

"In England, I'm always surprised that people always support everything and that is nice.

"That's why, maybe, I hope to have the challenge or the opportunity to train there."

Guardiola is currently living in New York with his family after deciding to take a one-year sabbatical from football.

But, speaking at Fifa's Ballon D'Or ceremony earlier in January, he confirmed that he would return to management for the 2013-14 season.

Bayern Munich and AC Milan have also been linked with a move for the Spaniard, who stood down as head coach at Barcelona in the summer of 2012.

In a video message recorded for the Football Association's 150th anniversary, Guardiola congratulated the FA on reaching the landmark, saying the organisation has "been important in the development of our beautiful, beautiful game."

- BBC


 

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
Joy riders: We will trim team bound for London, says Haron Komen

Not all the 104 athletes and officials who have sought visas will travel to the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships to be held in London from August 4 to 12, the Ministry of Sports has said.

Media build clubs’ brand: Guidelines on media operations have assisted Spanish clubs grow their brands

Tour of La Liga: Journalists accorded necessary information thereby improving the image of league and clubs

Volleyball: Champions Prisons secure two wins in Nakuru leg

Champions Kenya Prisons beat Western Prisons 3-0 in the opening match of the fifth leg of the National Volleyball League cum Challenge Cup Championships that served-off at Afraha Open Grounds in Nakuru on Friday.

Bandari, Wazito through to last eight of GOtv Shield

Bandari edged out Nakumatt 3-2 to make it to the last eight of the GOtv Shield tournament at Mbaraki Sports Club yesterday.

More Stories
Media build clubs’ brand: Guidelines on media operations have assisted Spanish clubs grow their brands

Tour of La Liga: Journalists accorded necessary information thereby improving the image of league and clubs

Bandari, Wazito through to last eight of GOtv Shield

Bandari edged out Nakumatt 3-2 to make it to the last eight of the GOtv Shield tournament at Mbaraki Sports Club yesterday.

Dortmund insist there's been no contact over Aubameyang

Chelsea appear to have missed out on their target after Borussia Dortmund insisted there has been no contact over star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

United can have Matic for £50m

Jose Mourinho has made a £35million bid for Nemanja Matic — and been told he can have him for £50m.

Real Madrid in for Marcus Rashford?

Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, according to extraordinary reports from Spain.

Wenger insists Sanchez won't leave

Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation surrounding Alexis Sanchez - who has yet to return to training after being given an extended break following the Confederations Cup - and Paris Saint Germain.

Shock findings thrust mental health into soccer spotlight

The issue of mental health in soccer was thrown back into the spotlight this week as figures released in Norway showed that four in 10 of the nation's elite soccer players have suffered from anxiety and depression.

Costa reacts to Blues' signing of Alvaro Morata

Diego Costa has reacted to Chelsea confirming the signing of Alvaro Morata by 'liking' the announcement on the club's official Instagram page.

Chelsea forward Pedro rushed to hospital

Chelsea forward Pedro was taken to hospital with a possible concussion after colliding with Arsenal's goalkeeper during the Blues' 3-0 preseason win over their London rivals in Beijing on Saturday.

Pedro bloodied as Chelsea beat Arsenal 3-0

Chelsea crushed Arsenal 3-0 in a preseason game in Beijing on Saturday but the friendly turned ugly as Pedro left the field with a bloodied face after a big collision with David Ospina.