Spanish manager Pep Guardiola who is currently working at Manchester City has expressed his interest in becoming the manager of England national in 2012 but the Football Association have not considered him, according to the reports.
Pep Guardiola has revolutionized the game during his time at Barcelona as he introduced a new philosophy to football named “tiki-taka”. After four years of incredible success with Barcelona, Pep Guardiola took a sabbatical in 2012 before moving to treble winning Bayern Munich in 2013.
However, the Spaniard is very much interested to take over as manager for England national team during 2012 as he spent the one year away from managing and lived in New York before agreeing to join Bayern in December 2012.
The FA has changed 7 managers in the last 20 years and Sam Allardyce is the recent to be sacked after only one match due to allegations against him. However, the FA rejected the idea of having Pep Guardiola as their manager as they are keen to have native manager.
In 2012, FA has announced Roy Hodgson as their new manager and they have had horrendous tournaments in 2014 and 2016. The English side failed to make it to knockout rounds in 2014 world cup while they were knocked out by Iceland in the round of 16 at recently concluded Euro finals.
“In 2012, on his sabbatical from Barcelona, Pep Guardiola contacted the F.A. to express an interest in the position,” Smith from New York Times wrote. “Because of the organisation’s desire to remain native, his entreaties were rebuffed. If it is unthinkable, now, that the F.A. might turn him down, it is even more unimaginable that he would apply for the job.”
However, if FA had decided to appoint Pep Guardiola as their manager things would have been different? The Spaniard is one of elite managers in the world and is known to improve his players tremendously as he has won many trophies as a manager.
He has recently taken over at Manchester City and have won six consecutive Premier League games so far as the side looks mightily impressive.