Life after Man City: Guardiola reveals plans for next job after leaving Man City


Pep Guardiola has revealed that he would like to be given the chance to go into international management when he is no longer Manchester City boss, and has even opened up to the possibility of leaving Europe altogether.

Guardiola is under contract with City until the summer of 2025, which would see him reach nine years at the club – more than twice as long as he was in charge of Barcelona’s boyhood team.

He also said in November that he still has “energy” so there is no firm end date for his time in Manchester. But when it’s over, the Spaniard looks beyond club football.

“I don’t know who wants me,” he told ESPN.

“For them to work for the national team, they have to want you, like the clubs. When I started, I didn’t think about winning the league or the Champions League. I thought: ‘If I have a job, it’s fine’.”

“I would like to experience life at the World Cup, European Cup, Copa America, whatever. This is what I would like to experience. I don’t know when, in five, ten, 15 years, but I would like to play at the World Cup as a coach.”

The first stop for the 53-year-old Guardiola is likely to be home country Spain, which has not reached the quarter-finals of any of the three World Cup tournaments since winning in 2010. it hasn’t been much better since 2012 either.

England could be next given how long Guardiola has been at City and has called Manchester home since 2016. The same could be said for Germany after his stint at Bayern Munich, albeit for a much shorter time. Both England and Germany could be thankful for a born winner in the future, with the former still trying to end a nearly 60-year trophy drought and the latter on a poor run since 2014.

Guardiola’s mention of the Copa America is also interesting. Argentina or Brazil are realistically the only two nations in South America that would interest him. Brazil, in particular, have not won the World Cup or reached the finals since 2002. Come 2026, it will match their longest run without a World Cup triumph since their first trophy in 1958 – the current longest is 24 years. between Pele’s 1970 generation and Romario’s 1994 team.

The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) have also made no secret of their interest in attracting big-name coaches after very publicly courting Carlo Ancelotti before he signed a new contract with Real Madrid.

Guardiola even has a close relationship with the United States, spending his annual sabbatical in New York during the 2012/13 season. The US is far from a heavyweight in the global game, but the country remains ambitious and the next World Cup on home soil could serve as a catalyst for growth.

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