Pep Guardiola jokes about managing a national team so he can play golf in his spare time

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There’s a reason the rest of the Premier League was so worried when Manchester City announced the appointment of Pep Guardiola in February 2016.

A look at the final league table for 2017-18 and how that of the current season is shaping up says enough, really.

After a period of transition in his debut year, the Spaniard has moulded City into a truly formidable side that even fellow title contenders seem at a loss as to how to stop them.

Last term saw them become the first English club to amass 100 points in a top-flight campaign, so it’s clear why Guardiola’s superiors were so eager for him to put pen to paper on a contract extension last May.

Those terms will keep him at the Etihad until 2021 - the longest deal he’s agreed to since taking his first senior role with Barcelona more than a decade ago.

While it seems the likes of Jose Mourinho, Jurgen Klopp and Maurizio Sarri will have to contend with Guardiola for a while yet, the man himself has suggested he doesn’t plan on building a dynasty at City.

In fact, given his four years at the Nou Camp is the longest of his career to date, it might not be too long before the 47-year-old moves on.

He preaches the importance of experiencing new cultures ‘every two or three years’, which made his response to a question about his interest in national team jobs all the more intriguing.

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Speaking at Liverpool University per Manchester Evening News, Guardiola said: “I would like to be an international manager in a national team. I would like that, yes.”

Rather cheekily, the two-time Champions League winner also cited the less demanding schedule of international football as a reason for his motivation.

"It will happen because every three days I would like to be involved but a little bit more calm, play more golf, now I don't have time to play.

"Sooner or later it is going to happen, if I have a chance with an international team, if they come knocking at my door.”


Guardiola has succeeded in every country where management has taken him - a track record that could be pinned down to his enjoyment of exploring the world.

"As a manager, I've lived in Germany and now here [England]. I learned German when before it was impossible to understand. My family didn't speak a word of English and now they speak perfectly.

"It's incredible to travel. I encourage people to do it. You have to move. I encourage my players to do the same.

"Be curious to do something. The football career is too short not to. You will wake up one morning and say, 'wow, it's over'. Time moves quickly.”

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