It is not just the trophies but the manner in which he won that made him one of the most sought-after managers in the world. His meticulous preparation before any game and his strategic nous is one of the best, which makes him special. Jose Mourinho may differ but success speaks the truth in the case of Guardiola. Success came at a price, though, for the Spaniard as he was burnt out – both physically and mentally by the end of his tenure at Barca.
That should explain the sabbatical he took for one year before taking up the job at Bayern Munich. And now that his contract expires at the end of next season, the speculation is back in full swing. Clubs across the continent are looking to lure him to their club. So, what could be Pep’s next job?
The neo-rich English club was wooing him during his sabbatical too before Pep decided to take up Bayern’s job. The presence of ex-Barca executives at City gives credence to the fact that Pep would be chased with increased expectations. It would be difficult to say with conviction if City would be successful or if Pep is really interested. The club is so eager to lay the red carpet that it would even revamp the whole squad if Pep wants so.
The glorious tradition of the Red Devils make it a choice for Pep. And, the recent slide under Van Gaal who was unable to instil confidence in the management, players or fans means that there could be an opening very soon. If he takes it, United job could prove to be the most challenging for Pep because the task of renovation would be huge.
After all the noise, will Pep settle for an extension? For all the success he brought to the German Champions, Pep is yet to master Europe with Bayern. The whole drama could meet a dramatic end with an extension for Guardiola.
The high tempo he brings to the game – both on and off the field, would mean that there is every chance of Pep being burnt out by the end of this season. Just like he did after Barca job, Pep could walk into the Sunset temporarily.
One thing is for sure – Pep will not be short of suitors. It’s a question of where for one of the most successful managers of recent times.