Friday 15 December 2017

'My goodbye has already started' - Pep Guardiola says he is looking to life after football in bizarre interview

Guardiola remonstrates with referee Lee Mason. Photo: Getty
Guardiola remonstrates with referee Lee Mason. Photo: Getty
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has suggested he is already thinking about life after football after another bizarre interview following his side’s 2-1 win against Burnley on Monday.

Ten-man City battled to a commendable success after their midfielder Fernandinho for a reckless challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson 32 minutes into the game.

Guardiola would have been expected to offer praise to his team after their gutsy effort against the odds, but instead he was evasive and rude to reporters after the game.

His interviews with BBC and Sky received plenty of negative coverage and he has also made some curious comments to American network NBC, as he suggested he is already thinking about life after football.

“I will be at Manchester for the next three seasons, maybe more, but I am arriving at the end of my coaching career, of this I am sure.

“I will not be on the bench until I am 60 or 65 years old. I feel the process of my goodbye has already started.”

When pressed to clarify the comments after the game he stated: “It might be one of my last teams – because I decide so.”

Earlier, Sky reporter Rob Palmer was embroiled in a strange interview with Guardiola, who offered up brief and grunted responses to questions that inspired a bemused response from onlookers.

This was Palmer’s reaction on Twitter, which confirmed the respected reporter was as confused by the whole episode as those of us watching on.

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