What is Next for Pep Guardiola?
When it comes to great managers, observation is absolutely vital. If you are too involved you can miss a lot of things. That being said, a great manager is a leader that embodies four main characteristics: observation, perseverance, imagination, and communication. In the modern age of soccer, managers come and go, but one, however, stand above the rest. He is a man who ignites the fire wherever he goes. He is a person that becomes the rainmaker when given the responsibilities for a dream. But most importantly, he is manager who is now the world’s most sought-after coach of our generation. That person is Pep Guardiola.
While this may be seen as a bold claim to make for a 44 year old that has had less than a decade in the business, Pep Guardiola has made the impossible dreams a reality by guiding his teams to almost every major trophy in the game. Love him or hate him, the man understands how to win.
Since his adolescent years, Pep has played at the highest levels of the game. He began his career with the infamous Barcelona Youth team during 1984 to 1990. From there, Pep showed strong potential and was eventually bumped to both Barcelona B and Barcelona senior squad in 1990 to 2001. In addition to representing his country, Spain, Guardiola was able to pick up numerous accolades such as the La Liga title, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de Espana, UEFA Champions League, and the Olympic gold medal. However, none of the success would compare to his work and determination as manager.
In 2007, Pep Guardiola made the conscious decision to leave the game as a professional player and assume the role as manager. Because of his ties with Barcelona, Guardiola was given the chance to coach the senior Barcelona B squad. Under his guidance the team subsequently won their Tercera Division group and qualified for the 2008 Segunda Division B playoffs. It was because of these achievements that Pep was seen as the clear successor to replace Frank Rijkaard as Barcelona manager 2008. During those four years, Pep not only won various titles, but also did so in a fashion where style, tactics, and play were all seen as one. For years, people have created fantasies of making unstoppable unmatched team. For Guardiola, that was simply part of the plan. With an immense amount of success and highly proclaimed accolades, Guardiola walked out of Barcelona as a hero. While critics and sports analyst questioned whether he could perform at the same level in other leagues, Pep knew only time would tell when he has to prove himself.
After a year sabbatical for the 2012-2013 soccer season, Pep Guardiola was given the opportunity to replicate his success in the Bundesliga with the German giants Bayern Munich. While there was some speculation of his management and coaching for the team, Bayern Munich seemed to be an unstoppable force in the soccer realm. The team seemed to dominate everywhere they went. While his spell seems to be ending at the end of this season, it looks like Guardiola might make moves with the English Premier League with either Manchester United or Manchester City as new projects. With the Red Devils in desperate need of a new source of inspiration, many critics and reporters have speculated that Guardiola may take his talents at Old Trafford. Though the task is great, this expectation is of course expected. The amount of success and inspiration he gives to his players is something every team asks for. All we can do now is wait till spring and see where the rainmaker will go for 2016.