Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he’d welcome Pep Guardiola to the Premier League – and has again stressed his sorrow to see Jose Mourinho lose his job at Chelsea.
Guardiola has been heavily linked with the manager’s jobs at both Manchester clubs and Chelsea after it was confirmed on Sunday that the Spanish coach would be leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he fully expects Guardiola to move to the Premier League next summer – possibly taking his own job at the Etihad.
Who will Pep Guardiola manage next?
Speculation continues to rage about where the former Barcelona coach will surface, but when questioned on a possible destination for Guardiola, Wenger said: “He’s a top quality manager, no one would dispute that. Not for what he’s won…Bayern won before, Barcelona still wins together. I think of his positive attitude, that he wants his sides to play in a positive way.”
Wenger was then asked for his opinion on Bayern’s decision to announce Guardiola’s departure a full five months before his intended exit and he said: “I think personally I don’t like that managers come out so early – it’s not so good for their own team or for others who are going through a difficult patch.”
Wenger offered a word of caution though over the Premier League getting the right balance between homegrown managers and continental imports: “We want this league to be the best, but also the right balance. You need 40-50% foreign managers, but also local, like Eddie Howe – you do not want to kill that.
“It’s important to have the balance right because they bring different ideas.”
When questioned about Mourinho’s exit at Chelsea, Wenger concluded: “There’s no need to add anything. I don’t want anyone to lose their job.
“I think it’s always sad when people lose their job.”