Ok let me explain the title. Early December 2012 – I was out with a few mates watching some footie. Once the game finished and the pub emptied we sourced some seats and I began to have a chat with one of the lads, an Everton fan. We spoke about various things, Wayne Rooney, Chelski, Bayern Munich were mentioned and eventually we moved onto Barcelona (we both agreed the best team in Europe) then the contention, the comment was made by my erstwhile footie officiano that maybe just maybe (he was a bit stronger than that) Pep Guardiola is a limited mamager, YES HE SAID THE WORDS LIMITED!!!!!!!
Needless to say I was in a bit of shock when I heard that – at the time I reeled off his win list – 3 La Liga Titles, 2 Champions Leagues and 2 Spanish Cups then on research add 2 Spanish Super Cups, 2 Fifa World Club Championships and 2 Uefa Super Cups to his roll of honour oh yeah and in just 4 seasons of management!!!!!!!. Undeterred my friend went on and explained his thinking mentioning that he should have stayed and tried to take on Mourinho and claim back the La Liga title, furthermore he noted how well Barca were doing without Pep – unbeaten in the league with just a draw against Real their only dropped points, which is still the case now as I post this blog.
Now whilst I acknowledged his comments – especially with my support of a team with a manager that just keeps coming back for more despite his age – but for me, Guardiola had already decided he needed a break before the start of last season and was always going to take a sabbatical at some point to spend time with his family, and further to this it is known that Guardiola has always been a cosmopolitan kind of guy who always at some stage in his career would like to try and manage in a different country – London is one of his favourite cities apparently. At this point we agreed to disagreed whilst both acknowledging that he was a fantastic manager.
One thing that has been brought up is that Guardiola has only ever managed in a Barcelona setting (initially with Barcelona’s B Team) and as a legend of the club some people will say he would have been given an easy time of it with minimal pressure and a much easier working environment than maybe at other clubs (he did quite well me thinks then) but in my opinion the fact that he has performed to such a high standard should be enough to ward off any detractors – but clearly not if my friend is anything to go by. On top of that I have heard people say that with the additional pressure of a new job in a new country and having to familiarise himself with a different club structure (one whose ethos he was not brought up on) things may not be as plain sailing as in the capital of Catalonia, especially as he struggled in his playing days when he moved to play for Brescia and then Roma in Italy.
As I say in my opinion – Pep Guardiola has proven himself big time at Barcelona and would be a massive asset wherever he turns up and I wish him well.
What do you think – is Pep a busted flush??????? or will he come back strong??????? and with his comments this week stating that he is ready to return to the dugout, where is he gonna turn up??????? – I’m sure my friend will have something to say. Feel free to say something yourselves.