The former Barca boss has been confirmed as manager of FC Bayern Munich. What does would such a move mean for the German game?
Pep Guardiola has agreed his next managerial move - and it is not Manchester City or Chelsea. Sky Sports have confirmed the club he has chosen as his destination is German league leaders Bayern Munich much to the surprise of the many football fans who felt The Etihad or Stamford Bridge was his most logical next destination.
So why is Bayern Munich the best location for Guardiola?
First of all there is the Chelsea conundrum and simply put; why on earth would a man like Guardiola ever consider taking over at Abramovich era Chelsea?
A club that no longer sees the worth in players like Dider Drogba. Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole has to have its merits questioned. Not to mention the reports of meddling from upstairs; not something Guardiola would be ready to stand for. Add on top of that their Russian owners frivolous attitude to managerial employment. It is clear to most that the appointment of Rafa Benitez is meant as a Guardiola stop-gap but judging by what you read and hear about Pep’s character there is more chance of him staying in New York post-sabbatical and managing a ‘soccer’ team than taking over at The Bridge.
Manchester City is a slightly different proposition. For all their heavy spending they are trying to enforce an infrastructure at the club in recent months and joining up with Txiki Begiristain; himself a former Barca employee would be tempting for Guardiola. Not to mention the finances on offer to him personally and in terms of squad development. Yet while the finances of Manchester City may be astronomical they are nowhere near the security of those in place at German giants FC Bayern.
Currently they are flying in the Bundesliga with Jupp Heynckes at the helm; but the 67-year-old is believed to be want to retire at the end of this current campaign. Indeed ‘Osram’ continues to get as red-faced as ever when agitated by his teams’ performances and in his advancing years such a skin pigment cannot be an indicator of health and vitality; sometimes he looks fit to burst.
Bringing in Guardiola is a superb piece of business by Bayern and in terms of Pep it really is be his best destination next season. A club that rears young talent, if not pries it away from others; has a footballing philosophy similar to Barca’s and one of the most secure financial infrastructures in world football. Not to mention the most awe-inspiring modern stadium on the continent and a passionate fan-base.
Under Guardiola Bayern could become the European force we should fear and with the likes of Dortmund, Schalke and Leverkusen in hot pursuit his move could also go a long way toward turning the financially secure Bundesliga sides into the most feared in Europe once again during these terms of continental austerity.
What do you think of the news? How could his potential appointment effect the German game?
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