One of the most decorated and revered football managers in recent times, Pep Josep Guardiola has disclosed he could leave club football management after his contract with Manchester City elapses in 2023.
The Spaniard has made it known that he’d take a break from club football when his contract ends with English football powerhouse, Manchester City.
The 50-year-old former Bayern Munich manager joined Manchester City in the 2016/2017 season and it’s been a dominating adventure for the Catalonia man, albeit in domestic competitions in England as European glory with the Citizens has eluded him thus far.
Guardiola spent most of his playing career was at Barcelona but he also played for Brescia, Roma, Al-Ahli, and Dorados de Sinaloa.
During his heydays at Barcelona, he won six La Liga titles and hoisted the European Cup in 1992, that same year, he won Olympic gold with Spain.
Josep kick-started his coaching career as head coach of Barcelona’s B team in June 2007. He was promoted to manager of the senior squad the following summer after the departure of Dutch manager, Frank Rijkaard.
Pep brilliantly started his campaign. He won the UEFA Champions League, La Liga, and Copa del Rey at Barcelona. It came as a surprise because he had no first-team managerial experience before his appointment.
It was the club’s first-ever treble and he also established himself as the youngest manager in history to have lifted UEFA Champions League at 37years of age,
Pep spent four seasons as manager of the Spanish side, winning 14 trophies across six different competitions before taking a break from football after the 2011/12 campaign.
Pep returned to coaching in 2013/14 at Bayern Munich. He trumped the German league with three Bundesliga titles in a row. Other silverware also won in his time at the Allianz Arena were the DFB-Pokal, UEFA Super Cup, and FIFA Club World Cup.
After he spent three years in Munich, the former FIFA World Coach of the Year agreed a move to Manchester City for the 2016/17 Premier League season.
His first season wasn’t a success. Man City finished third on the log but in the next campaign, he broke the deadlock with a Premier League record for most consecutive wins, with 18 victories between August and December 2017.
Guardiola’s successful records and runs aren’t a surprise to many of his followers and football observers. He’s one of the few managers who have a defined way of playing the round leather game and for him to thrive, he requires players that can understand and thrive in his system.
The Citizens dominated throughout the 2017/18 Premier League season, with Guardiola securing his first league title in English football with a record of 106 goals, 32 wins, and a whopping 100 points.
The Citizens retained the title in the following campaign in 2018/19. Since then, under his management, the Citizens have won the FA Cup, three more EFL Cups, and have reached a UEFA Champions League final. The UCL final was against fellow Premier League side Chelsea which they lost 1 nil.
In the presser, pep Guardiola echoed that: “After seven years on this team, I think I’m going to have a stop. I’m going to have to take a break.”
He further reiterated that “I would like to coach a South American (team), European, playing a Copa America, I want to have that experience.”
The next Destination of former Barcelona man is still in the binder, some of his fans opined that he could take the Argentina job and help his man – Lionel Messi in his pursuit of winning the most prestigious football trophy~World Cup in Qatar. It remains to be seen if this would materialize as Messi isn’t getting any younger.
Regardless, the football world would miss his unique coaching style\ when he takes a break.