Pep Guardiola’s father says he is not a fan of English football – and isn’t impressed by the soon-to-be Manchester City manager’s DIY skills either.
Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium in the summer when his contract expires at Bayern Munich, but the 45-year-old’s father, Valenti, is not too keen on his choice of league.
“I have to confess that English football is not my cup of tea. It’s a lot of long balls and running,” Valenti, 84, said in the Sunday Mirror.
“I prefer the football my son likes to practise – lots of passing then a surprise attack when a hole opens up.”
Valenti, who is a retired bricklayer, does not have any background in football but can at least outdo his son when it comes to DIY.
“I was working 10 hours a day from the age of 14 on building sites and didn’t stop until I was 66. I never had time to play football,” Guardiola Snr added.
“We don’t speak much about football nowadays and when we do the conversation usually ends up with him jesting that I know nothing and me admitting that there’s not a lot I can teach him.
“But when it comes to my territory which is being good with my hands, Pep’s an absolute disaster. He can’t even change a light bulb.”