Former Nou Camp boss appears ready to make return to football earlier than first thought.
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Chelsea to make Pep Guardiola another offer as outgoing Barcelona coach hints at quick return to management
Pep Guardiola appears increasingly keen on working in the Premier League when he returns to management, with Roman Abramovich set to make one more effort to bring him to Chelsea this summer.
The 41 year-old took charge of his last game as Barcelona coach last night, the Spanish Cup against Athletic Bilbao, and is understood to be wavering on his announcement that he will take a season’s sabbatical.
Guardiola has long harboured an interest in working in England and Liverpool have also inquired about his availability as they search for a successor to Kenny Dalglish. Interestingly, Guardiola travelled to Paris recently to have lunch with former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti, now in charge of Paris St-Germain, to ask him about what it was like working in the Premier League.
It was rumoured at that time that Guardiola was one of two coaches Abramovich met in the city although Gourlay insisted the club had not been in contact with him.
On the eve of last night’s cup final, Guardiola caused a stir when he said he was taking some time off to “recharge his batteries” and appeared to say he needed a “month” rather than “months” to rest. Either way, he added: “I will be ready to return if one club wants me and seduces me.”
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph
So clearly Pep Guardiola’s quotes would appear to suggest that a return to management, hours before he actually left Barcelona, could occur sooner rather than later. Cue a mad scramble by Chelsea to lure the 41 year old into filling the vacant Stamford Bridge post.
No Barcelona fan could blame Guardiola for considering other options or his decision to quit Barcelona having represented the club for 23 years as player and manager but it would be fairly surprising if his decision to take a ‘rest’ from the game amounted to a month break prior to accepting another offer.
Perhaps managing Barcelona to such a raft of successes led Guardiola to lose his motivation to continue as boss of the Catalan club and his need for a ‘break’ was more the excuse he needed to leave a club he clearly loves for another challenge.
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Pep led his Barcelona side to a 3-0 win in the Copa Del Rey Final against Athletic Bilbao, this was Guardiola’s second Spanish Cup triumph which sits alongside three La Liga triumphs, two Champions League successes, three Spanish Super Cups and two UEFA Super Cups wins, among a host of other trinkets he has collected from his four year Nou Camp reign.