UEFA Ban: Sam Allardyce Reveals Pep Guardiola’s Next Club
Former England manager, Sam Allardyce has said that Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola should be heading to the Italian Serie A to take up the challenge at Juventus next season.
Guardiola’s future with the Premier League champions has been cast in doubt after the club was banned from the Champions League until 2022 by UEFA.
There is speculation now suggesting that the Spaniard’s move to Juve is very much on the cards.
Allardyce, a former Bolton Wanderers boss, said the move is possible, adding that Guardiola’s determination to prove his managerial worth in a number of countries makes the switch a suitable one.
“I think so. If you look at Pep, we were all surprised he left Barcelona,” Allardyce told the Mirror.
“He’s a Barcelona man, he’s born and bred and he has been through the playing days and coaching behind the scenes with the youngsters, and then the top job, and then he wins the Champions League LaLiga, on a regular basis and then goes: ‘Boosh! I’m having a year off.’
“He decided Germany was the next adventure and what was impressive about Pep was that he could speak German.
“That year he took off he taught himself how to speak German, so when he first went he knew how to communicate, which is very important if you go abroad.
“Then he has three seasons there and comes to Manchester City. He’s had some great years at Manchester City now and Italy is another challenge.
“So he looks like it’s a bit of, ’I need to go to Italy and challenge myself there and show them what I can do in that country’.
“Which is massive in football terms, like it is in Germany and England and Spain, so that challenge for him runs along a line a bit like what Jose Mourinho has done.
“Portugal, Chelsea, Milan, Madrid and now Jose is back where most like to be, in the Premier League.
“It’ll be sad to lose Guardiola because he has brought so much to the Premier League in his time and we’re all better off for him.”