Pep Guardiola turned down the opportunity to become Chelsea’s new manager
We all have been wondering how Chelsea’s billionaire owner Roman Abramovich overlooked Pep Guardiola during his search for a new caretaker of the club. Turns out it was Pep Guardiola who snubbed the opportunity to manager Chelsea.
In a recent interview to the Brazilian newspaper Lance, the former Barcelona manager’s agent revealed the reasons behind Pep Guardiola’s refusal to travel to London. Well, we already know that Pep Guardiola is currently taking a year off from football, is set up in New York with his family and is pondering about his future in football.
The agent, Joesp Maria Orobitg, revealed that Pep Guardiola will start thinking about possible jobs after January. He also informed that Pep Guardiola in uninterested in applying for vacant positions in a rush.
“Pep Guardiola, before January, decides nothing. I've been in New York for 15 days and he told me that until January or February he will not decide which team he will manage. No matter what happens, before this period he didn't decide anything with any team or selection,” Joesp Maria Orobitg told Lance.
This clearly suggests that Chelsea and Pep Guardiola hadn’t been in contact before Roman Abramovich decided to handover the reins to Stamford Bridge to Rafael Benitez. The former Liverpool manager has been appointed as interim manager of Chelsea till the end of the season.
Rife speculation suggested Pep Guardiola was going to shorten his vacation and join the ‘Blue Revolution’ in the English Premier League, but the Spaniard has fooled the football community once again. Moreover, being ruled over by a mega-rich, eccentric and erratic Russian might be just too much for Pep Guardiola.
“He is now with his family, resting, practicing his reading, his hobbies, watching football, and in January begins to think what his team can be next season,” Joesp Maria Orobitg added.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola’s nemesis from La Liga, Jose Mourinho has expressed his sympathy for the shocking dismissal of Roberto Di Matteo. The Italian manager saved Chelsea from an embarrassing end to the season by winning the FA Cup and leading the Blues to their first Champions League trophy.
“I'm never happy when a manager is sacked," said Jose Mourinho, who spent three years at Chelsea and won back to back Premier League titles along with other silverware.
“Because if it happens to them, it can happen to me. I never enjoy when a manager is sacked. I always feel sorry for him and his family, because our lives are very, very similar.
“I'm not happy with any situation (like this), but everyone knows I like my old teams. I like Chelsea, I like Inter (Milan), I like Porto.
“I like them to win, so I always wish good to the managers of my former clubs. So I wish good to Benitez.”