Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has told Pep Guardiola that he has a job for life at the Bavarian outfit, according to German sources.
Former Barcelona coach led Bayern to four trophies in his first season in charge following the departure of Jupp Heynckes in 2013, but he has said the expectations at Bayern are such that a smaller return would not be tolerated in his second year.
Doubts over Guardiola?
It would seem that anything less than what the club achieved in the 2012/13 campaign, where they won an historic treble of the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and the Champions League would be a tragedy and in so raising doubts over Guardiola’s position at Bayern.
Two weeks ago the 43 year old said: “If I don’t win anything then another trainer will be likely to replace me next year.”
Despite these negative words, Rummenigge has told Guardiola that even if he was to fail in winning one of the three big trophies on offer at the club next season, he would still be kept on as Bayern Munich manager.
He told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper: “Bayern are never going to sack Pep Guardiola. I can even put that into writing for you.”
Response to criticism
Despite worldwide critics stating that Guardiola has taken Bayern back a few notches in their attempt to regain the famous hat-trick of trophies won in the 2012-13 campaign, Rummenigge expects the club’s glorious run of results to continue unabated this season.
The 58-year-old also believes that confidence will be sky high at the club next season with six of Germany’s World Cup winners, including the likes of Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger hungry for further glory.
He said: “We have two perfect years behind us, won eight titles and some of our players have even put the cherry on the top with the World Cup.”
As a result the former Germany international feels that this copious amount of confidence and good spirit will spur the club on to set further records next season.
He said: “And now we will continue to set records by being better than we've been after a World Cup.”
The pre season
Indeed, it would seem that Rummenigge’s prediction of setting records and winning trophies in the 2014-15 campaign has come true, with Bayern beating Bundesliga rivals, VFL Wolfsburg 3-0 in the Telekom Cup final.
Two goals from new signing Robert Lewandowski either side of the half, coupled with a 15th minute attempt by Sebastian Rode ensured that Bayern Munich secured their first piece of silverware of the new season.
This comes after Bayern beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 5-4 on penalties having originally drawn 2-2 to reach the final in Hamburg.
Bayern next entertain Mexican side Chivas De Guadalajara in a pre-season fixture in New York on Friday before welcoming back their World Cup heroes, as they open the new Bundesliga season at home against VFL Wolfsburg on August 22.