After Manchester City’s not so impressive victory over Burnley in the Premier League Monday, manager Pep Guardiola shocked football watchers by revealing he’s already nearing the end of his coaching career.
Pep Guardiola Hints On Where And When He Will End His Coaching Career
Guardiola, 45, signed a three-year contract at the Etihad Stadium this year but does not intend to keep sitting on the bench much longer than that.
Considered one of the greatest coaches of all time, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has won 22 trophies over the past eight years.
And despite being in the early stages of his City reign, the Spaniard feels his glittering coaching career is already coming to a close, Daily Mail writes.
“I will be at Manchester for the next three seasons, maybe more, but I am arriving at the end of my coaching career, of this I am sure,” he told NBC Sports.
“I will not be on the bench until I am 60 or 65 years old. I feel that the process of my goodbye has already started.”
Perhaps his decision was informed by the outcome of the Burnley game as he was visibly furious in his post-match interview.
“All around the world, the Burnley goal on Claudio Bravo is a fault (foul). Here, and all around the world, the rules say the goalkeeper in the six-yard box cannot be touched. He goes here and the striker does this,” he said.
“Okay, so I have to adapt and I have to understand there are special rules here in England. Now I learn, so now we’re going to play.
“We had a lot of disciplinary problems. Now we expect what the FA decide.
“We’ll accept it. Like I said before, the team with more ball possession will always have more sending-offs – I have to understand the rules in England. I know you are special but I have to understand it,” he fumed.