Guardiola was still Coach of Barcelona when Capello resigned in February 2012 but had already decided to leave the Catalans at the end of the season, eventually taking a year-long sabbatical before joining Bayern Munich. However, at the time Capello stepped down from the national team, Guardiola had not made up his mind to take the time off and initial contact was made between the two parties, but it went no further.
The FA decided that despite the interest of Guardiola – and a number of other highly-rated bosses from the continent – the successor to Capello had to be English, and only English candidates were considered. Guardiola announced he was taking a sabbatical on April 27, days before the FA appointed Hodgson, then manager of West Bromwich Albion.
An FA spokesman said in a statement: “This was a confidential process. We made it clear from the outset the preference was for an English manager and appointed the best man for the job, based on the outline set out by David Bernstein at the time.”
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