Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola apologised to Premier League managers as he put pressure on them when he declared, some days ago, that he was looking for a new challenge in the English championship:
“The reason I have not extended my contract is simple: I want to manage in the Premier League,” Guardiola said last week while in Qatar for a winter training camp.
“I want to experience the atmosphere there and look forward to the stages there. I’m 44, it’s the right moment to go there. I haven’t decided on a new club yet, I need a new challenge.”
Bayern Munich and Guardiola already announced that the Spanish manager will be in charge until the end of the season, then former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti will be appointed.
But last night, after the Ballon d’Or ceremony, he apologised as he realised those words put pressure on his colleagues working in the Premier League
“I’m sorry,” he said, as quoted by Spanish paper AS.
“Normally, throughout my career – both as a player and as a coach, I have shown great respect to my fellow colleagues. It wasn’t my intention [to cause any upset]”,
Guardiola, that was also rumoured as next Chelsea permanent manager, also joked on his future:
“I can’t talk about my future; once I have something signed I’ll let you know… or not”.