Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has apologised to Premier League managers for unknowingly putting pressure on their jobs by admitting that his next destination will be a Premier League club, according to the BBC.
The former Barcelona manager last week announced that he will be moving to Premier League once his contract with Bayern is over in the summer. Since then, he has been consistently linked with the jobs at Man City, Man Utd,
Chelsea and Arsenal by various media outlets.
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer even called out Guardiola for lacking etiquette in a British national newspaper.
Following the criticism of his actions, the Spaniard has offered an apology to the Premier League managers, but still refused to reveal the identity of his next destination.
“I am sorry,” said Guardiola in Doha, where Bayern Munich have been taking part in a winter training camp. “Normally in my career as a trainer and as a player, I respect my colleagues a lot. So I am sorry. It wasn’t my intention.
“I will reveal my new club once I have actually signed a contract. I have not talked with the players about my imminent move to England. We are only talking about football. But they all already know anyway.”
Guardiola won 13 trophies coaching Barcelona from 2008 until 2012, before moving to Bayern Munich. He will be replaced by Carlo Ancelotti after the end of this season.
The Spaniard has drawn many praise with his dominating style of play. According to former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, it’s based on the three P’s: position, possession and play. Henry played for the Catalan legend during his time at Barcelona, a spell in which he won a first ever treble with a Spanish club.
Guardiola is famous for his love of possession but it’s his emphasis on pressing that often gets overlooked, an instruction that would fall under positioning.