4 Reasons Pep Guardiola Would Be a Good Fit for the England Job

Greg Probert@@GregProbertFWContributor IIApril 27, 2012

4 Reasons Pep Guardiola Would Be a Good Fit for the England Job

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    It seemed that Harry Redknapp looked set to take up the role as manager of England, with even Spurs fans resigned to the fact that they will probably have a new manager next season.

    With recent speculation about Pep Guardiola's future at Barcelona, some whispers have been heard talking about him possibly fitting the England manager position.

    Bookmakers aren't taken any chances, and Guardiola has been slashed to an incredible 5/1 with some bookmakers, but he is still available at 14/1 with 188 Bet.

    Although Redknapp does appear to be the stand-out candidate for the job, could Guardiola fit the bill if the FA do decide to bring in another foreign manager?

Relationship with the Media

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    The England job is notoriously high-pressure, and if the English media doesn't take to you then this pressure becomes even greater.

    An example of this is Fabio Capello. From the very start of his reign, many newspapers started a vendetta-like campaign to scrutinise his every decision. The media and public found it difficult to warm up to his demeanour and personality.

    With Guardiola, you have a dynamic character—one who is animated on the sidelines.

    His interviews and press conferences are carried out with class, and he was one of the only members of the Barcelona coaching or playing staff to offer Chelsea a congratulations on their performance.

    He is the type of manager you would want representing your club, or in this case, country. Although I'm sure they will try, the English tabloids will find it difficult to put down any elements of his personality.

Fluent English

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    One of the main reasons the FA and English public desire a home grown manager is the fact that they speak the language fluently.

    Once again, I will use Fabio Capello as an example—when he first came to England he could barely string two sentences of comprehensible English together.

    This creates a barrier between him and the players, but it also makes it harder for the fans and the media to take to him.

    Pep Guardiola doesn't have this problem. His English is near on perfect, and he will have no trouble communicating with anyone in England.

Man Management Skills

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    It can be argued that Guardiola hasn't had to do much since he took over—that he inherited the best side in the world, and just let them get on with it.

    However, in a club that has as many world class performers as Barcelona, it can be difficult to keep cohesion and make sure all the players are motivated to play to their full potential every game.

    He has managed to get the best out of all of his players individually and simultaneously made the team work better as a unit.

    Some of the bigger names in the England squad have often been criticised for not giving their all in international games and putting their clubs first.

    This is where Pep Guardiola's man management and motivation skills would come in very useful. If he can make the higher calibre players in the team perform to their fullest this will have a trickle down effect to the rest of the squad.

Proven Winner

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    One thing you want in a manager is results, and Pep Guardiola has those in abundance.

    He has taken Barcelona to league and cup glory, showing that he has the skills to win a knockout competition and a season-long league campaign.

    Results alone aren't a basis on which to pick a manager. As an example, Capello had a good record, but didn't bring that through to the England post.

    For a winning formula in a manager of a national team, you need to mix the winning mentality that Guardiola has, with his man management skills and the ability to get the best out of the players.


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