Pep Guardiola right now does not have much left to prove in the world of football. He has tasted success at the highest level and has achieved everything one can imagine as a manager. Still, the highly rated tactician thinks English Premier League as his final frontier. Reports claim Bayern boss is eyeing Manchester City as his next managerial stop. Manchester United are also in the race to sign the Spaniard next summer when his current contract with Bayern Munich ends. While there is every possibility that a move to Manchester City will bring great success, no one is even acknowledging the mere possibility it might end in a shock failure.
Pep Guardiola is no doubt a great manager. But unfortunately, to taste the success at City, being a great manager is not all the criteria Pep will need. Premier League is a different ball game comparing what Guardiola has encountered in La Liga or Bundesliga.
The recent television deal in Premier League has changed football in English soil. Now, instead of just four or five teams having all the resources to fight for the ultimate, it seems most of the Premier League clubs have the bank balance to compete for the title run.
Interestingly Guardiola in his previous clubs has seen that out managing a handful of tough opponents will see him kiss the silverware, but the scenario totally changes in Premier League as he will have to outperform over half the league. Pain in the ass definitely!
The Spaniard may be capable of doing just that, what’s needed from him. He is surely a tactical genius, a mastermind to read the game; not only that, he has earned the respect from world-renowned footballers at every single stop (Barcelona and Bayern Munich). High-profile players would love to play under Guardiola at Manchester City. He also would be bolstered with his own calm and composed reputation along with never ending resources at Etihad which would be a wonderful combination to equal great success.
Fearing inevitable questions about his uncertain future, which Guardiola has been trying to avoid for months by laying low, and which might be irking him now, he decided not to attend the press meet ahead of yesterday’s Bundesliga match with Hertha Berlin which the Bavarians won by 2-0 margin.
However Bayern hierarchy stated private reasons for Guardiola’s absence in the press conference, while Jerome Boateng faced reporters instead. Manchester City have repeatedly been linked with the former Barcelona manager as many former senior Barcelona officials having moved to the Etihad Stadium and it is suggested that Guardiola should have lots of admirers at City. Former Barcelona general manager Ferran Soriano is now City’s chief executive and he might be negotiating with the Spaniard.
However, there are some other issues. What if Guardiola makes a few mistakes in his transfer strategy? What if he stumbles upon a few difficult personalities on the team, be it Manchester City or Manchester United? Here he will not find his usual comfortable resource that rescued him in many occasions to overcome any conflicts or mistakes. It will throw him into a new challenge to manage from a situation of relative resources; so here comes the possibility of failure firmly into play.
If the deal succeeds, Guardiola will be applauded universally for seeking a new challenge, a new adventure in his managerial career. The simple and easiest choice for him would be to continue working with the Bayern team and achieve multiple more Bundesliga silverwares. Instead, he prefers a challenge in undoubtedly world’s toughest competition. Watch out, He is certainly not riding off into the sunset; rather he is stepping into a fiery cauldron of competition for sure.
Pep Guardiola may very well make a switch to Manchester City and bring lots of titles and glory galore to the Etihad. However, one must remember it is not a foregone conclusion. The Premier League may not be seen as the best league in the world, but it certainly have much more parity than any league the Bayern boss has competed in earlier. That will give an interesting challenge to the Spaniard and it will be worth watching and might, I am just saying might, end in failure.