Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Manchester City could be his last managerial job, saying he is “arriving at the end” of his career and will not be coaching at 65.
Prior to his team’s 2-1 win over Burnley on Monday, Guardiola at an interview he gave over the weekend 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 until I am 60 or 65 years old. I feel the process of my goodbye has already started.” When asked why he might retire, he snapped: ‘Because I decide so. It might be one of my last teams.’
Despite Manchester City’s win over Burnley, 45-year-old Guardiola, was clearly furious at referee Lee Mason’s decision to send Fernandinho for an early bath – the midfielder’s THIRD red card in just six games. He wasn’t best pleased that the referee allowed Ben Mee’s late consolation to stand either.
The Spaniard was in charge at Barcelona and Bayern Munich before replacing Manuel Pellegrini at City last summer. He won 14 trophies in four years at Barcelona, including three La Liga titles and two Champions Leagues.
Pep Guardiola took a year’s break before joining Bayern in 2013, leading the German team to three successive league titles but missing out on the Champions League.
Read the full excerpts from his interview with BBC Sport’s Damian Johnson;
Johnson: “What was your view of the red card for Fernandinho?”
Guardiola: “You are the journalist. Not me.”
DJ: “You’re the manager. I’m sure the fans would like to know.”
PG: “Ask the referee – not me.”
DJ: “Are you concerned that’s his third red card this season? Is there a discipline problem with him?”
PG: “We will accept. Like I said before, the team with more ball possession we have always sending-off. I have to understand the rules here in England. I know you are specialist but I have to understand it.”
DJ: “So the interpretation is perhaps different in England?”
PG: “Of course, yes. Around the world our keeper in the box is fouled, not here. I have to understand that. Claudio Bravo is fouled.”
DJ: “It’s his fault?”
PG: “He is fouled. Here not – that’s OK but I have to understand that.”
DJ: “You don’t seem that happy that you’ve won.”
PG: “More than you would believe. More than you would believe, I am happy.”
DJ: “You’re not showing it.”
PG: “I’m so happy, believe me. I’m so happy. Happy new year.”
DJ: “Are Manchester City in the title race?”
PG: “Yesterday, no. Why today are we in the title race?”
DJ: “Thanks Pep.”
PG: “My pleasure.”