Pep Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season regardless of what he the team wins, according to club legend Stefan Effenberg.
The Spaniard only has one season left on his deal having signed for the German giants for three years in 2013. He took over a team that had just given Bayern’s most successful ever season having won the treble of Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League, the last of which came from beating German rivals Borussia Dortmund in the final.
Guardiola has not been able to reach those standards, set by German veteran Jupp Heynckes, since joining and has had to settle for consecutive league and cup doubles. Bayern’s two Champions League campaigns have ended in sound beatings from Real Madrid in 2014 and Barcelona, Guardiola’s former team, last season.
In both cases Bayern’s vanquisher has gone on to win the trophy, and there have been rumours for at least two seasons that Guardiola will not renew his contract when it expires in 2016, raising the the distinct possibility that he will take a job in the Premiership next.
Speaking to German Sky TV, Effenberg reiterated those concerns:
“I am pretty certain that Guardiola will no longer be in charge of Bayern after 2016.
“Who could replace him? I am thinking about Jurgen Klopp. He is definitely an alternative for Guardiola in Munich.“
Klopp recently resigned as manager of Borussia Dortmund after a seven year spell in which his side were the only one to genuinely challenge Bayern’s supremacy at the top of German football.
Guardiola was heavily linked with Chelsea before Jose Mourinho’s return, but the most likely destination for the two time Champions League winner, should he indeed come to England, appears to be either Manchester City or United, should either of those clubs dispense with Manuel Pellegrini or Louis van Gaal.