Guardiola skips press amid fresh claims over Manchester City job

Date published: Friday 27th November 2015 1:17

Pep Guardiola: Favourite to take over at Manchester City

Pep Guardiola: Only looks to take easy jobs, apparently

Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola pulled out of his pre-match press conference on Friday as speculation escalated that he has decided to leave the club at the end of the season.

Reports in Spain – including in Catalonian newspaper ARA and El Mundo Deportivo – have claimed Guardiola has agreed to take over at Manchester City.

Both reports claim the former Spain midfielder will inform the record Bundesliga champions before Christmas of his decision to leave.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated on Thursday that an announcement would be made regarding Guardiola’s future before the end of the year.

“We will have a talk after the Hannover game (on December 19) and we will announce the result afterwards,” Rummenigge said.

“There is no intention to put back this date. Like we have already said, there will be a decision in 2015.”

Rummenigge added that his club would not fall apart even if Guardiola were to leave next summer.

“Things always move on,” Rummenigge said. “There is no person in the world who becomes irreplaceable at some stage.

“Players come, players go. The same goes for the coach – they come and they go too sooner or later.”

Ahead of the inevitable questions over his future, which Guardiola has been avoiding for months, and which have seemingly been irking him, he chose not to meet the media on Friday ahead of Saturday’s Bundesliga clash with Hertha Berlin.

Bayern stated private reasons were behind his decision not to attend the press conference, with Jerome Boateng fielding reporters’ questions instead.


The current Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini, has heard the Guardiola link many times before.

City have repeatedly been linked with the former Barcelona boss, and with several former senior Nou Camp officials having moved to the Etihad Stadium it is to be expected that Guardiola should have admirers at the club.

Former Barcelona general manager Ferran Soriano is City’s chief executive, and Txiki Begiristain is director of football having held an equivalent position with the Catalan club.

But Pellegrini vowed to carry on unperturbed, saying on Friday: “I don’t talk about rumours. It is a rumour that we have had for the last two-and-a-half seasons here. There is not a problem about that.”

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    James Marshment

    Pep Guardiola pulled out of Friday’s press conference amid growing reports he has decided to leave Bayern Munich for Manchester City.

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    Probably went for a decent pint whilst he is still there James? 😉


    Brian blue

    Which means he has something better to do I think



    City already have a very good and under rated manager in Pellegrini (just like Ancelotti was under rated at Real). Would make more sense for Guardiola to join United in 2017 when van Gaal’s contract expires 😛



    Hi James… No secret that Guardiola has been linked with City for a number of years now and some sources believe the deal has already been agreed for him to leave Bayern Munich for Man City when his contract ends next summer? Fuel to that the rumour our management team (previously at Barcelona) are supposedly in talks to reunite him with Lionel Messi and you can see why this story has legs? Personally I think our money would be wiser spent replacing ageing players like Yaya Toure with Paul Pogba and John Stones who as you know can play at right or centre back… but what do I know? Cheers!



    I agree entirely Bluemoon. But think of the commercial effect!



    Him skipping the press had nothing to do with the City links. Just a delicious coincidence for the media to twist out of proportion.

    Pep’s cousin died today, which was the reason for his no-show.



    I don’t think Pep is right for City, he doesn’t bring young players through, it would just be more buy, buy, buy. What’s the point of an academy if it becomes impossible to get into the first team. Many of us have had enough of Pellegrini, a change is needed but not Pep.



    Sad to hear it could be due to a family bereavement. I’d like to see Pep at the Etihad and his barca team was made up of academy players.
    Like others I can see him going elsewhere unfortunately, ancellotti might be a good shout but suppose we are stuck with Pell for now.
    It might not even be his fault as who makes the decisions on purchasing and loaning players.
    Plus the unfair play rubbish dreamt up by that guardian of public morals platini ensured we were down to two quality strikers rather than the four required.
    I don’t mind losing games as long as we play good football with some kind of plan. Cheers



    Expect a new contract at Bayern any day and lots of ‘city snubbed’ stories. Yawn.



    Cant stand this “snubbed” used by our itellectual press. Not just in City articles.

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