According to a poll, the three clubs Barcelona fans do not want their former ‘jefe’ to be coaching next season are Manchester City (for obviou$ reasons), Real Madrid (no brainer) and *drumroll*… Bayern Munich! Unfortunately, you can’t always get what you wish for – Bayern Munich announced last night that Guardiola will take over the club’s sock-watching duties from Jupp Heynckes when the 67-year-old’s contract expires this July.
Of course, Guardiola snubbing City for Bayern Munich is a bit like slapping an ex-girl or boyfriend on the face and throwing yourself at a new person – a better, more interesting one! But wait, isn’t that the whole point?! Bayern is the perfect career choice for a man like Guardiola who wants to finally MOVE ON after being linked with the Barcelona philosophy throughout his entire playing and coaching career. He had a chance to rebound (with New York Cosmos, Chelsea and now Man City) and even took a one-year sabbatical to get over Barcelona. Sure, it sounds crazy to rationalize Guardiola’s Bayern Munich coaching decision in relationship terms, but it all makes perfect sense.
Although Pep was heavily linked to the Man City job, and the folks there want to bring Barcelona’s brand of tiki-taka over to England, surely City don’t need Pep for that, especially since the Sheikh’s money alone can buy their entire backroom staff. His three-year contract at Bayern Munich will also allow him the chance to familiarize himself to coaching outside of Spain before he joins a high-profile English club.
“We are delighted that we have managed to get Pep Guardiola whom several big clubs wanted and contacted. He is one of the most successful trainers in the world and we are sure that not only Bayern Munich but the whole of German football will benefit from what he brings.” – Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern’s chief executive.