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Pep Guardiola Was Interested In England Job Before FA Hired Roy Hodgson

FA neglected chance to speak to former Barcelona boss.

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The Football Association neglected the chance to speak to former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola over the possibility of taking the England job, according to the Daily Mail.

The national side were without a coach ahead of last summer’s European Championships, with former boss Fabio Capello making the shock decision to resign from his duties shortly before the tournament, and could have spoken to Guardiola after he’d decided to quit his post at Barcelona.

The Spaniard had an immensely successful four-year spell in charge at the Nou Camp and became regarded as perhaps the best young manager in the world, and he was supposedly keen to speak with the FA about the vacant position at Wembley.

However, they instead moved to hire Roy Hodgson from West Brom, as they were keen to recruit an English manager for the national team, through fear of appearing hypocritical about their views on English players not getting enough of a chance due to the growing foreign influence in the Premier League.

England were knocked out by Italy at the quarter-final stages of Euro 2012, while Guardiola was later appointed manager of Bayern Munich, taking over from the treble winners at the start of this summer.

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