Pep Guardiola has given the clearest indication yet that England will be his next destination as a manager.
The former Barcelona coach was speaking at the launch of the Football Association’s 150th anniversary celebrations where he gave an interview and spoke of his love and respect for the English game.
“It is unique, to play in that league,” he told FATV in a video message. “I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players. As a player, I couldn’t realise my dream to play there.
“But I hope, in the future, I have a challenge to be a coach there and feel the experience of all the coaches and players that have been there.”
The former Barcelona player and member of Johan Cruyff’s famed ‘Dream team’ in the early nineties has remained coy on his future ever since his departure from the club he joined as a boy.
Guardiola won 14 trophies during his four year spell as Barcelona coach and is the most wanted man in management since.
He now lives in New York but was recently linked with the Bayern Munich job while clubs in England watching closely are Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.
“I have always found English football fascinating. The support of the home team is amazing,” he said.
“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 support everything.
“That is nice and why, maybe, as I am still young, just 41, I hope to have the challenge or the opportunity to train there.”
The Sun has reported that GUardiola will ‘100%’ take over the reigns from Roberto Mancini in the summer with a ‘top level Spainish source’ telling the paper, “It is 100 per cent certain that Guardiola is going to City this summer.”
“And when I say 100 per cent I don’t mean 99 per cent, I mean 100 per cent!”
SportsNewsIreland.com fact: Guardiola won 72.5% of his matches in charge of Barca with a goal difference of 457