Next stop, England! Guardiola to be approached even if he stays at Barcelona
07:48 GMT, 26 April 2012
Pep Guardiola could be the next England manager – according to reports in Catalonia.
The Barcelona boss is set to announce whether he will sign a new contract at the Nou Camp, following their Champions League exit and fatal blow in the Spanish league title race.
Barcelona-based newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claims Guardiola has been tempted by the idea of overhauling England’s approach on and off the pitch.
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It is claimed that the FA would even seek to take him on in a consulting role if replacing Fabio Capello proves ultimately unattractive.
Guardiola is expected to manage in England at some point after learning the language and showing a keen admiration for the style of football in the Barclays Premier League.
Mundo Deportivo claims he has been visited by Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo with a view to taking over at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Manchester City and Liverpool have also been linked with him, while Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother Martin, who regularly scouts in Spain, is said to have met the former midfielder with a view to eventually taking over at Manchester United.
Barcelona hope Guardiola will decide to stay, but have already begun to consider possible successors.