The current Bayern Munich boss was reportedly keen on the challenge of trying to guide England to international silverware but was overlooked as the FA wanted to appoint an English boss to the top job.
Whether it turns out to be the correct decision we can’t judge until England have firstly, been confirmed at the World Cup in Brazil next summer and secondly, how they get on at the tournament.
The instant reaction to this news is that it was a terrible decision by the FA considering Guardiola’s achievements at Barcelona but it’s an issue where they would have drawn criticism even had they appointed the Spaniard.
Towards the end of Fabio Capello’s reign in charge of England, fans and pundits were crying out for the FA to make a change and appoint an English boss with an English mentality, with Harry Redknapp one of the leading candidates.
However, it’s transpired England took a safe decision with Hodgson when they could have gone for a coach who may have got the national side playing some of the most attractive football in recent memory.
So how might Guardiola have got on in charge of the current England crop of players?
It’s clear that he likes whichever team he’s in charge of to play pure football, dominating possession and building pressure to force opportunities and goalscoring chances.
He more than likely would have worked hard with the younger players in the England setup, focusing on areas such as decision making and examining techniques to make those youngsters fit in with his main ideologies.
Tactically it would also be interesting to see how Guardiola would have handled England.
He’s got a very good eye for tactics, whether that’s pre-match build up or reacting based on what he sees developing during a game.
England would likely adopt a similar formation under Guardiola as they have done under Hodgson but the Spaniard seems to be far more proactive in terms of aggressively changing those tactics if the original game plan goes out of the window.
In terms of the job he would do away from the field, it’s arguably that he would have had an advantage during the club v country row based on his recent past managing possibly the greatest side there has ever been.
That would have enabled him to forge links and relationships with the higher profile managers all over England, effectively attacking the issues between clubs and countries that he experienced himself at Barcelona.
The criticism of Guardiola going to Bayern Munich has been that it’s not a difficult inheriting such a world class team and squad, but his desire to speak to the FA before Hodgson’s appointment rubbishes the myth he’s afraid of a difficult challenge.
What sort of England boss do you think Guardiola would have made? Would England be better off?
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