Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola would be more likely to opt for Manchester United or Arsenal than Manchester City, were he to come to the Premier League, according to ex-Red Devils man Terry Gibson.
The 52-year-old, who serves as a Spanish football expert for Sky Sports, discussed the topic with talkSPORT, and revealed that he doesn’t think the Barcelona legend would be inclined to take over from Manuel Pellegrini anytime soon.
The Chilean’s future is uncertain given how City have fared this season, and if they are knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona - they head into the second-leg at the Nou Camp with a 2-1 deficit - their chances if clinching any major silverware will be all but gone.
A failure to beat Liverpool at the weekend has Chelsea the chance to extend their lead at the top of the table to eight points; should they win their game in hand the Premier League title race will surely be over.
As such the rumour mill has kicked into overdrive with regards to who might replace him, and naturally Guardiola, who has added to his excellent resume since taking over at Bayern, is a leading candidate.
The 44-year-old stated only earlier this week that he could see himself staying at the Allianz Arena for a number of years yet, but that hasn’t stopped speculation suggesting a Premier League move might be in the offing.
If it is, Gibson believes there’s a certain type of club he’ll be looking to take over at: "I would imagine Pep has a small list of jobs he’s interested in,” he said.
“Manchester United are, historically, the biggest club in England.
“Then there are new clubs with vast riches likes Chelsea and Manchester City. Pep would look at the bigger picture though.
“He would look at the job Sir Alex Ferguson did at that club and the size of the club. I could see him going to Manchester United, or possibly Arsenal
“A move to the Gunners might appeal to him. That’s how he would be looking at his next move.”
The Guardiola effect
Whoever does manage to get their hands on Guardiola, if anyone, will naturally be expected to enjoy a sharp upturn in fortunes. The Bayern coach, who is credited for introducing the tiki-taka style of play synonymous with Barcelona today, has as perfect a record as a professional manager as you’re likely to get, and either Arsenal or United would certainly benefit from his services.
With Louis van Gaal being criticised for setting up his Red Devils side negatively this year it remains to be seen whether Old Trafford chiefs would keep him on if they believed they could get Guardiola, who promises a far more fluid, exciting system.
Meanwhile Arsene Wenger has long tried to inject a DNA similar to that of the all-conquering Barca Guardiola setup, with an emphasis on neat passing and movement. The Frenchman is coming to the end of his career, and there are few more worthy of replacing him than the Spaniard in question.
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