Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has revealed that he would like to be Manchester United manager one day.
The revelation appears in his new book, Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich, written by his close friend and journalist Marti Perarnau.
In an extract from the book the Spaniard admits he see’s himself as Manchester United boss one day.
“I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day.”
Manchester Unid were beleived to be keen on the Spaniard to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson but the Guardiola had already agreed to join German giants Bayern Munich in Decemer 2012, a few months before Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement from management.
Guardiola’s close friend Marti Perarnau reveals in the book that the Spaniard is keen on managing the Manchester club.
“Pep liked the setup at Säbener Strasse (Bayern’s training facility) despite the fact it was smaller than Barça’s training ground and had fewer technical facilities.
“The Catalan was impressed and told [his personal assistant] Manuel Estiarte privately: ‘I like this place. I could see myself coaching here one day. Pep had said something very similar a few months before, at Manchester United. The day after beating Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final, Guardiola and Estiarte travelled to Manchester to watch their next opponents in action.
“It was 4 May 2011, and the pair sat together in the stands of Old Trafford watching Sir Alex Ferguson’s team beat Schalke 4-1. Once again Pep had turned to his friend and said: ‘I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day.’ Guardiola has always felt a deep admiration, almost veneration, for the legendary teams and players of Europe.”
Perarnau also claims in his book that both Chelsea and Manchester City were also keen on the former Barcelona boss.
“During his sabbatical year in New York, the job offers poured in. His ex-colleague, Txiki Begiristain, the director of football at Manchester City, was very insistent. He also met up in Paris with Roman Abramovich, who was prepared to do anything to lure Pep to Chelsea … Within a few months Pep, had chosen Bayern.”
Guardiola’s next job is more than likely set to be in England and a number of the top teams would be keen, it seems, for the Spaniard to be at the helm.
Dan Dalton, Pundit Arena.