Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola, who plans to return to club management after a year long sabbatical, has expressed his interest in joining the Premier League. Unlike Mourinho, who has never been shy to express his views to join the English Premier League, Guardiola has always been on the guard regarding his future.
The most favoured option out the clubs seeking his elusive signature are German giants Bayern Munich, who are rumoured to be in the running as well. However, Guardiola has used the FA video messaging platform to express the lure that English football has for him.
Guardiola said, “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. It is unique, to play in that league. I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players.”
Guardiola says that he finds English football fascinating and the support of the home crowd amazing. He went onto say that English fans support everything, unlike their Italian counterparts who support while the team is playing but will kill if their team loses.
Guardiola has experienced the English crowd before, both as a player and a coach. The 1992 European Cup in 1992 was played at the old Wembley Stadium, in which his side beat Sampdoria. Then as coach, when Barcelona beat Manchester United with clinical efficiency, but this time at the new Wembley.
Guardiola’s message will be played out at the Connaught Place in central London, where football’s first rule book was drafted. Many dignitaries and former England managers will be present at the ceremony to commemorate the English FA’s 150th anniversary.
The FA will be using Wednesday’s event to highlight the huge amount of work they do at all levels, including the responsibility they have with their 7 million officially registered players in England. They believe the undertaking should not go unrecognised.
Guardiola has said “I want to say congratulations to the FA on this huge anniversary, because 150 years is a lot. But also because they created the rules of football and have a responsibility for the game. They have been important in the development of our beautiful game.”
Source: Sporting LifePublished 16 Jan 2013, 14:34 IST