For any Manchester United fans that would rather have Pep Guardiola over Jose Mourinho, well Der Kaiser could be pivotal in that happening.
Each week it’s looking more and more like a straight toss up between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola over who is going to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, when the Scot eventually decides to retire.
There will be plenty of fans who would rather it was Guardiola and honorary president at Bayern Munich, Franz Beckenbauer could go a long way to ensuring it happens.
Pep Guardiola is a manager who likes complete control and authority over any football club he’s involved with. That’s the way he coached at Barcelona and that’s the way he’s likely to coach at Bayern Munich.
He will not want to be questioned, talked won to or talked about out of context by anyone connected to Bayern Munich in any way, shape or form.
Unfortunately for Guardiola, the Kaiser is someone who is not afraid of speaking out about Bayern Munich in public, whether it’s something to do with the club or a target that the club has been linked with. - Just this week he came out and said he'd welcome Rooney at Bayern, but really he should be keeping a low profile and leaving transfer targets for Guardiola to look after.
He’s an honorary president so his association with the club is not going to die away any time soon and should he criticise Guardiola for a decision or decisions he makes, then that creates the unwanted commodities of friction and annoyance.
Guardiola will be extremely annoyed if his methods are being questioned because he seems like the sort of coach that likes to build something before he moves onto his next adventure. He may just decide after three years that enough really will be enough.
He’s signed a three-year deal with Bayern Munich which conveniently expires during the same summer that Sir Alex Ferguson is looking to leave Old Trafford for good and pass on the responsibility to someone else.
Now, Guardiola could be that man but if he is building at Bayern Munich the United job may come too soon for him. He’s almost guaranteed domestic success in Germany but conquering Europe with a new Bayern team will be difficult.
What could force him out of the door is Beckenbauer’s passion for the German club. Guardiola will want to suggest the targets, the departures and the tactics and he’s shown every sign that he will be selfish and leave Bayern because he left Barcelona, arguably leaving behind the best side that there has ever been.
If Guardiola is available at the same time that Ferguson retires, United will interview him and they will likely offer him the job. It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that’s the way Guardiola is already thinking.
What Beckenbauer cannot do is make his job untenable at Bayern Munich through needless comments about links to players, which are very unlikely to happen.
What is certain is that Guardiola’s time at Bayern Munich is going to be fascinating to behold and some United fans all over the world, will be hoping that the Kaiser sticks his nose where it’s not wanted at last once more in history.
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