English Premiership

Pep fancied United gig

2014-10-16 12:52
Pep Guardiola (AFP)

Cape Town - Pep Guardoila would like to take the reins at Old Trafford reveals a new book about the manager's first season in Germany.

The book, Pep Confidential: The Inside Story of Pep Guardiola's First Season at Bayern Munich, reveals the Spanish coach's desire to test his skills in England according to ITVfootball.com.

The book is written by lose friend and journalist Marti Perarnau and reveals how Guardiola turned down several offers to coach in England before opting to take on his current role at Bayern Munich.

"I like this atmosphere. I could see myself coaching here one day," said the former Barcelona manager to his personal assistant, Manel Estiarte,  back in 2011 when watching a Champions League game at Old Trafford.  

Guardoila expressed a similar desire when approached by Bayern Munich to replace Jupp Heynckes in 2013.

"Pep liked the set-up at Sabener Strasse (Bayern's training complex), despite the fact that it was smaller than Barca's training ground and had fewer technical facilities.

"Guardiola has always felt a deep admiration, almost veneration, for the legendary teams and players of Europe."

The book goes on to reveal how the man, known for perfecting the "tika-taka" passing game, rejected the advances of both of United's rivals, Roman Abramovich and Manchester City.

"During his sabbatical year in New York, the job offers poured in," writes Perarnau.

"His ex-colleague, Txiki Begiristain, the director of football at Manchester City, was very insistent.

"He also met up in Paris with Roman Abramovich, who was prepared to do anything to lure Pep to Chelsea."

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