It has already been confirmed that Pep Guardiola will be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of his current deal in the summer. It was widely believed that Peps next destination would be England and the Premier League and Spaniard has confirmed this. Though he says he hasn’t agreed to join any club yet and says when he has this will be revealed by the club in question.
He has been linked with both Manchester City and United, Chelsea and Arsenal. These clubs may have a big decision to make if they want Guardiola to be their manager. Only Chelsea out of these clubs will most likely be definitely looking for a new manager in the summer. While the other three all currently have managers in position, on contracts past the end of this season.
Pep: I Want A New Challenge
Pep has confirmed he has taken the decision not to renew his contract with Bayern because he wants a new challenge and he wants that to come in England. He says he wants to experience the atmosphere in England and wants to experience the different stadiums in the Premier League. He is 44 years of age and feels now is the right time for him to test himself in England.
Guardiola says the atmosphere inside the Bayern Munich dressing-room is superb and he will do everything he can to keep it that way. Stating he will give only his very best for Bayern until the end of the season. Guardiola went on to say if he was 60 or 65, he probably would have stayed with the German giants. But he says he is too young to ignore his dream of managing in England.
Pep arrived at Bayern in the summer of 2013, taking over from Jupp Heynckes and took over a team that just completed the treble of league, domestic cup and Champions League. he has won back-to-back German titles, a German cup in his first season and the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup following the Champions League success under Heynckes.
He has though failed to win the Champions League with Bayern to date and his time at with the German giants will probably be judged on whether he can win the famous trophy before his tenure is up.
The first obstacle in his way if Bayern are going to win the Champions League this season is a last sixteen tie against last seasons runners-up Juventus. Winning the Bundesliga is formality for Bayern and you may have to question whether this has harmed Bayern’s chances of winning more Champions League trophies in recent years. Do they lose the competitive edge required to compete against the very best in Europe.