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Will Guardiola pep up the Red Devils?


Pep Guardiola

Pep Guardiola (Photo credit: thesportreview)

Will Guardiola pep up the Red Devils?


Every week, bookmaker and former Racing Post chief sports betting writer Mark Worwood tackles one of football’s hottest topics from a punting perspective.

An incredible 25 per cent of Spaniards are out of work but one Spanish man who would walk into a job tomorrow, if he wanted one, is former Barcelona boss Josep Guardiola.


Guardiola’s employment status has been the matter of great conjecture since he quit Barca in June 2012 after winning just the small matter of 14 trophies in four seasons. And the failure of Rafa Benitez to win either the FIFA Club World Cup or the admiration of Chelsea fans means that Guardiola keeps getting linked with the Blues gig.


Paddy Power has Chelsea as its favourite to be Guardiola’s next club, with the Ireland-based bookmaker quoting the Blues at 2-1. BetVictor takes a different view, with it favouring Bayern Munchen at even money. And the arrival of ex-Camp Nou official Txiki Begiristain at Manchester City has sparked rumours of Guardiola replacing Roberto Mancini.


For what it is worth, I think that Guardiola is most likely to end up in Manchester after his sabbatical. But I would rather back United at 5-1 with BetVictor than City at 5-2 with Paddy Power. City, Chelsea and Bayern do not strike me as the type of teams that will tickle Guardiola’s fancy. He will be super fussy when it comes to ending his self-imposed exile and the whole United set-up seems much more enticing.


Guardiola will want time to work his magic and that may not be forthcoming at either Manchester City or Chelsea. Both sides have billionaire owners who are not well known for their patience and leopards do not change their spots. As far as Bayern goes, the German Bundesliga would be a huge step down from the Spanish La Liga and last season’s UEFA Champions League runner-up is not called FC Hollywood for nothing. Other possible destinations include Arsenal and Milan but the Gunners have relinquished their place among English football’s genuine elite and the Rossoneri’s days dominating the Italian soccer scene are long gone.


Alex Ferguson cannot and will not manage Manchester United forever. Guardiola and the football knight are friends who have met privately from time and time. And the Spaniard – he may prefer Catalan – respects both the history of the Red Devils and the way in which the Old Trafford board allows its manager to work without interference from above.


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There is a decent chance that a good many of the positions with which Guardiola is linked will be up for grabs in the next six months. But I get the impression that Guardiola, having spent a little while out of the game, will wait and wait and wait until the job that he wants comes along.


It will take someone with incredibly big feet to fill the shoes of Ferguson at Manchester United. Guardiola has what it takes and I get the feeling that, if Ferguson could appoint his successor, it would be the man called Pep.




Think almost every fan would like to see Guardiola ship up at their team but where do you think he will end up? Leave your comments below.


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