In an interview with NBC before the game against Burnley, Pep Guardiola stated clearly that he would be drawing the curtains on his coaching career soon. There is little chance of him taking up another coaching job after his Manchester City stint.
He said: “I will be at Manchester for the next three seasons, maybe more.
“But I am arriving at the end of my coaching career of this I am sure. I will not be on the bench when I am 60 or 65 years old, of that I am sure. I feel the process of my goodbye has already started.”
Pep has had a hugely successful career that has seen him coach Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester City.
He won 14 trophies in four years at FC Barcelona, including three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues. He also won the German league and cup competitions but had no luck in the Champions League, losing each season at the semi-final stage.
Though this comes as a surprise to most people, it is in line with his hinted intentions as regards his coaching career. A browse through the book “Pep Confidential: Inside Guardiola’s First Season at Bayern Munich” shows that Pep has been methodical about the trajectory of his coaching career.
Pep was tetchy after the Burnley game. Showing his displeasure at the referee and his decisions. Playing a game of footsie during the post-game interview and not elaborating on his answers, he did make his feelings known through body language and sarcasm.
The game saw Fernandinho red carded after a two-footed challenge.
Goals from Aguero and Clichy handed Manchester City the win before Ben Mee pulled one back for Burnley.