Monday 23 September 2019

Guardiola sees future in international management

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Jamie Holland

Pep Guardiola feels he will make the step into international management "sooner or later".

Guardiola guided Manchester City to the Premier League title last season, finishing with a record 100 points.

The 47-year-old former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach was the keynote speaker in the Peers Annual Lecture at Liverpool University's Department of Modern Languages and Cultures yesterday.

During a wide-ranging discussion - which included his views on politics, culture and poetry, as well as sport - the City boss was asked if there was anything as a manager he had not yet achieved and aspired to, such as international football.

Guardiola, who took charge of City at the start of the 2016-17 season, replied: "I would like to be an international manager in a national team.

"Sooner or later, it will happen because every three days I would like to be involved, but a little bit more calm, play more golf... now I do not have time to play.

"So yes, sooner or later it is going to happen, if I have a chance and some international team wants to come 'knock, knock' (at my door). We will see."

When replying to a question on the football media in the different countries where he has managed, the City boss said: "Everywhere it happens the same - when you win you are a genius, when you lose you are a disaster."

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