Pep Guardiola to Bayern Munich? Proceed with Caution on 'Agreement' Rumours
Proceed with skepticism on this one, but Twitter is awash with reports Sky Italia have Pep Guardiola going to Bayern Munich at the end of the season. We can't find a story at their website, but the sheer volume of chatter would suggest it's been broken on air:
Pep Guardiola, agreement with Bayern München: he will be the next coach gianlucadimarzio.com/?action=read&i…— Gianluca Di Marzio (@dimarziotweet) January 14, 2013
According to Sky Italy, Guardiola reached an agreement with Bayern Munich— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 14, 2013
That's the same Bayern Munich who, under Jupp Heynckes, are blitzing the Bundesliga this season and through to the last 16 of the Champions League. The same Bayern who reached the final last year, only to be thwarted by Chelsea's all-powerful destiny.
Is the German superpower really ready to part with Heynckes? The 67-year-old's contract is up at the end of the season, and he has said he will wait until March to make a decision on whether or not to return. That said, club boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is reportedly aiming to begin talks with Heynckes before the end of January (per ESPN FC). Bayern deciding not to renew Heynckes' deal seems unlikely, though it would tally with recent unconfirmed reports Guardiola's representatives have met with the club.
There are also undoubted similarities between the way Bayern and Guardiola's former club Barcelona are run. Both put a big emphasis on continuity and promote a family atmosphere. Both have developed youth prospects with remarkable success in recent years
B/R's Clark Whitney has gone so far to say Bayern and Guardiola would be "a match made in heaven."
Guardiola has been out of work since walking away from the best job in club football in May—living in New York with his family. But he has recently said he is ready to return to coaching next season (via The Sun) and expects to be back in a dugout somewhere come August.
Could that dugout be at the Allianz Arena?
Where will Guardiola be coaching next season?
What of reports he's the man who'll take over for Rafa Benitez at Chelsea. Just last Friday, the Metro reported Roman Abramovich was ready to offer Guardiola a three-year contract worth a staggering £54 million.
The sheer weight of speculation says everything about Guardiola's successes at Barcelona and just how highly he's regarded.
The 41-year-old achieved so much in his four seasons at Barca that it's not unthinkable he'd be preferred to a coach like Heynckes, whatever the veteran Bayern coach might go on to achieve this season.
Football is a notoriously cutthroat and fickle business after all—just ask Roberto Di Matteo, who lost his job after leading Chelsea to their first European title.
That being said, Guardiola's future is surely better read by the man who wrote his biography than a news agency who are yet to run a full story at their website. That man, the respected Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, had this to say on Twitter:
About Guardiola and Bayern: it's categorically NOT TRUE that he's agreed with Bayern. Or with anybody yet— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 14, 2013
That doesn't mean it won't happen. It just means we want so badly to know where Guardiola's story goes next that there will always be outlets ready to tell us.
Eventually they'll be right. For now, I would suggest they're just guessing.
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