Is Pep Guardiola delaying a move to the Premier League so he can follow in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson?
The former Barcelona coach recently took the Bayern Munich job, and if reports are to be believed, will be highly rewarded with a large transfer kitty available at his disposal.
After the heartbreak of last season, when Bayern reached the Champions League final, only to lose on penalties despite being the better side, Guardiola will take over an already talented squad that may not need too much strengthening.
The Spaniard had been heavily linked to a move to England and if he had waited for a job at the end of the season, Chelsea and Manchester City looked to have been clear choices. But a move to City would surely have ruined any hopes he has of managing Manchester United.
Known to be great friends with Sir Alex Ferguson, as well as an admirer of United, maybe this is why a three-year deal with Bayern suits him perfectly. Who knows what the position will be at United in 2016 - it could be that Sir Alex is ready to call it a day.
The other option in England, Chelsea, has almost become a poisoned chalice with a number of managers facing the sack as soon as they suffer a few negative results. Guardiola will want to be assured he has time, whereas Chelsea won’t guarantee it.
Jose Mourinho could well be looking at the same two options come the end of the season, but is another who has hinted at ambitions of managing United, so again you have to wonder if he would be open to any City offers.
With it looking increasingly likely that Roberto Mancini won’t retain the title at City, coupled with another flop in Europe, you have to fear for his long-term future.
Mourinho did cheekily ask if Guardiola had deliberately chosen a league that he wasn’t involved in, as he said he has no intention of ever managing in Germany, but the Bundesliga is an attractive prospect these days.
Obviously Bayern are still the big boys, but Germany offers a competitive league with teams such as Borussia Dortmund offering a real challenge with an impressive style of play.
You have to wonder though, has Guardiola thought about the right time to come to England, and chosen to wait until the right job is available?
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