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Its quite refreshing to hear. Maybe its because its a relatable position we've been in playing Football Manager, being in charge of a club, able to say what kind of challenge you fancy next.
In general, you don't often hear of manager's speak so openly about what they plan to do with their future. As we know, its a cut-throat business and with each fixture brings added pressure.
For Pep Guardiola, he has some what mastered the art of management so maybe he has earned this right. Where as taking Barnsley to the cusp of Premier League glory from your bedroom is good, winning the lot at Barcelona and with a glowing spell at Bayern Munich on his CV in real life is better. His current legacy at Manchester City is secured, but not quite complete and all this is interesting based on the time limit he has set during his remaining seasons at The Citizens.
Speaking at Globo, an XP Investment event, Guardiola mapped out his ideal scenario for the next stage of his highly successful managerial career, stating that he will depart Eastlands when his current contract expires in the summer of 2023.
"I must take a break after seven years (at Manchester City). I need to stop and see, learn from other coaches, and maybe take a new path. If there is a possibility. A national team is the next step."
What also stood out from Guardiola's quotes is that he has already visualised himself managing in certain competition's. Where we are not familiar with manager's outlining these things, when it has happened, it has been the individual's own country but the 50-year-old hasn't ruled out managing in a different continent.
"I would like to train for a European Championship, a Copa America, a World Cup. I want this experience."
Imagine him taking over Brazil, or a less renowned nation, on the pursuit of ultimate glory. Even restoring Spain's dominance. It is an exciting prospect to consider.
Under his guidance, Manchester City have won three Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four League Cup's. The all elusive Champions League title you feel remains the ultimate aim. Having been unable to prize Harry Kane away from Tottenham this summer, it may be difficult for City to go all the way in Europe.
It is not out of the realm to imagine Erling Haaland at Manchester City for the 2022-23 season, in what would be the equivalent of one last dance for Guardiola in the hunt for the elusive Champions League title in Sky Blue.
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