Pep Guardiola‘s comments to Roger Bennett of NBC Sports have caused quite a stir in the past few days.
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In the latest episode of Premier League Download (watch in full above) Guardiola said he will be at “Manchester City for three years or maybe longer” but he is “still approaching the end of my career as a manager” and that he won’t be coaching when he is 60 or 65 years old.
Somewhere along the line those quotes were lost in translation as the Spanish media quoted Guardiola as saying “I’m arriving at the end of my career” but ahead of City’s FA Cup clash against West Ham United this weekend, the Spanish coach was clear to point out he still has plenty left in the tank.
“I am only 45 so, no I’m not going to retire in the next three, four, five, six years,” Guardiola said. “I said I will not go until I am 65 but as I am only 45, I will carry on for a while yet,” Guardiola said. “I love my job and I’m in the best place for it here in England. No, of course I am not thinking about retiring.”
There you have it.
Of course, if City struggle this season and finish outside the top four (a real possibility considering their recent form and the competition around them) maybe Guardiola will be fired before that.
Given the fact City has been planning for his arrival for years, he will likely get a good chunk of time to turn them in to PL and UEFA Champions League contenders.
Simply put: expect Guardiola to be around for another 20 years before he hits the golf course full time.