Guardiola Premier League bound
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has confirmed he decided not to renew his contract with the German giants as he wants to manage in the Premier League. The decision comes with Bayern currently eight points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with
Speculation surrounding the future of the 44-year-old had been rife following his announcement that he would leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season with the Premier League's big names all reportedly interested in securing his signature.
Manchester City remain the clear favourites to capture the signature of the former Barcelona boss and Skybet offer City at just 1/4 to be his next destination. The club's chief executive officer Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain have both previously worked alongside Guardiola at the Camp Nou and it is believed that their influence will be key in any move.
Chelsea are another side who will be looking for a manager come the end of the season and could Guardiola make the switch to Stamford Bridge? Bet 365 are currently offering the move at 11/2 but Roman Abramovich is known to be a big fan of the Catalonia's style of football and habit of winning trophies. With Guus Hiddink in place as interim manager until the end of the season would the timing be right for Pep to go to Chelsea?
Arsenal don't seem to be willing to part company with Arsene Wenger any time soon but if Arsenal were to end their long wait for a Premier League title this season, could Wenger depart on a high allowing the Gunners to enter the race for Guardiola? With the lure of London, a fantastic stadium and state of the art training facilities, Arsenal are an attractive proposition. The bookies however seem to think it's unlikely and Coral have it at 8/1.
Things have been far from rosy at Manchester United this season and rumours have surfaced in the past that taking charge at Old Trafford would be Pep Guardiola's preference if he were to manage in England. However United officials are believed to be keen on keeping Louis van Gaal in charge with Ryan Giggs succeeding him. Jose Mourinho also lies in wait should there be any further developments on the future of Van Gaal with Bet365 giving odds of 12/1.
So just what would Guardiola bring to the Premier League? Well he is the most sought after coach in World football and for a reason. His Barcelona side are often considered the best club team in history and he amassed a stunning 14 trophies in just four years at the Camp Nou, where he became the club's most successful manager of all time. That includes two Champions League victories as well as three La Liga titles and he has carried on in a similar vein since moving to Munich. He has won the Bundesliga in each of his two season in charge and they looked well place to do it again this season. The Champions League has proved elusive since his switch to Munich however he has reached two semi-finals with the club, losing to the eventual winners in both.