Sunday 15 December 2019

Roberto Martinez: Pep's arrival will inspire coaches

The arrival of Pep Guardiola, pictured, in the Premier League this summer will provide inspiration for other managers, Roberto Martinez believes
The arrival of Pep Guardiola, pictured, in the Premier League this summer will provide inspiration for other managers, Roberto Martinez believes

Everton manager Roberto Martinez believes the arrival of Pep Guardiola in the Premier League will inspire coaches up and down the country.

The Bayern Munich and former Barcelona boss will take over from Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini this summer and his fellow Catalan believes it will only produce positive results.

"Pep Guardiola is one the best managers in world football - the record is there to back that up - but I don't think we are discovering anything by saying that," he said.

"Obviously he's Catalan and I should know that very well - I know exactly what he is as a person, as a winner.

"He's going to bring a very successful football philosophy and without a doubt he'll affect a lot of young coaches and managers in the country.

"He'll bring a completely different tactical approach in the British game.

"He's got an attention to detail that's very different to find in any other manager.

"It's going to be fantastic for the league, the Premier League will be a better league with Pep Guardiola in it."

Chelsea's interim manager Guus Hiddink believes the challenge English football presents will appeal to Guardiola, who has been used to dominating the leagues he has managed in previously.

"The Premier League is a very attractive league but he will face another league than he is used to," said the Dutchman.

"With the clubs where he was you have always had domination by the teams where he worked.

"He will get used to it in England because there is no specific favourite as there is in Spain, with Barcelona, Madrid, and in Germany where the only one who can be assured already in September to be the new champion is Bayern.

"It's different in England, but it's even more for him, more attractive.

"He's not naive. He knows that [it's not possible to win every game]."

The man Guardiola will replace, Pellegrini, is already being linked with the summer vacancy at Stamford Bridge.

"That's up to Chelsea to decide," said Hiddink.

"I admire his approach to football, to the game, his team. He's a well-balanced manager and I respect him, without having known him at this moment."

Watford's Quique Sanchez Flores was an opponent of Guardiola's as manager of Atletico Madrid.

He believes the one real test will be to implement his particular style of football in the most competitive and physical league in the world.

"The most important thing for Pep is to come here and show everyone that he can translate his methods and ideas to a completely different league," he said.

"La Liga and the Bundesliga are completely different to the Premier League.

"He will sign good players and try to develop the same system, the same ideas [he had at Barcelona and Bayern].

"This league is very receptive to good managers. When you come here with good ideas, ambition and work hard, it adapts to good managers."

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren, who has coached in both Holland and Germany, believes the arrival of Guardiola has sent a message to the rest of the world - not just from City but English football as a whole.

"The Premier League is showing bigger ambition and more intent and getting Guardiola to Manchester City is just showing that," he said.

Current Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, who played with Guardiola at the Nou Camp for five years as their careers overlapped, also believes his friend's style of football can be a success in England.

"We will have to see how he brings to life his ideas in a country in which this type of play is not very common but I am sure he will connect it to success," he said at a press conference ahead of the Copa del Rey semi-final against Valencia.

"He loves challenges and I am sure that this will be a grand era for his next club. These seasons will be great for watching."

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