Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
Dutch legend Johan Cruyff confirmed what many had expected on Wednesday night, in an interesting quote that is making its way round the Spanish press this evening.
After Johan Cruyff coached Catalonia to a 1-1 draw with Nigeria, the former Barcelona coach bemoaned the fact that Pep Guardiola is unlikely to take over the Catalan national side for their annual friendly, despite being perfect for the role.
Cruyff: “Pep now looks set to coach in England, so he won’t have the time to lead Catalonia [due to the lack of a winter break].”
Considering Cruyff and Guardiola are considered good friends, this admission from the Dutchman backs up many recent reports that the former Spanish midfielder will coach in England in 2013/2014.
Three clubs seem most likely to vie for Guardiola’s services: Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City.
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will reportedly break the bank for Guardiola and of course only appointed Rafa Benitez as interim manager.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has spent time in New York in recent months and reportedly met with Guardiola, who has been in the Big Apple on a year’s sabbatical.
Manchester City may also be looking for a new manager in the post season following Champions League disappointment for the second successive season for Roberto Mancini.
Where do you think Pep Guardiola will end up?