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Pep Guardiola reveals he wants to manage in the Premier League

Published 16/01/2013 | 05:00

Pep Guardiola has followed Jose Mourinho in voicing his desire to work in the Premier League "in the future". He cited English supporters' commitment to their clubs as one of the main reasons he would like to manage in England.

After four successful years coaching Barcelona, Guardiola has taken a year's sabbatical to spend time with his family. He has indicated that he will make a decision on his next club around March, aiming to be ready for the new season.

He will not be short of suitors. He is top of Roman Abramovich's list as the next Chelsea manager. Two former Barcelona executives, Txiki Beguiristain and Ferran Soriano, are now in situ at Manchester City, and he would be an obvious target if Roberto Mancini were to leave.

If Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger were to step down, Guardiola would be the leading candidate. AC Milan, Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain could all offer tempting propositions.

Asked to give a tribute to the FA on its 150th anniversary, Guardiola delivered a eulogy to English football. He never played for an English club, although he was linked with moves to United and City.

"As a player, I couldn't realise my dream to play there," he said. "It is unique, to play in that league. I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players.

"I am still young, just 41, so I hope in the future I could be able to train there and enjoy that.

"I have always found English football fascinating, just for the environment, the crowd and the supporters."

Irish Independent

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