After a good start to life in the Premier League, things have gone from bad to worse for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, and the Citizens currently lie in 4th position.
It seems Guardiola might just be fed up with the way his job in the Premier League has turned out, and the former Barcelona manager has revealed that he’d love to retire soon.
A visibly agitated Guardiola said after the 2-0 win against Burnley: “Of course when we win, I am so happy, I am so satisfied,” Guardiola said. “And I drink a good glass of wine and enjoy.
“But what I like is to imagine the next step can be better. If not, I will not be here.
“In the moment, I will feel — and I am a little bit in that process — I feel that the end of my career, I will be… [throws up his hands]. I will not be training in the 60 and 65 years old, so…. No, no, no, no.
“Manchester City is three years or maybe longer, but I am still approaching the end of my career, like a manager. I am pretty sure of it.”
You’d trust Antonio Conte to always have perfect words of wisdom. When asked if he had ever known a manager to say what Guardiola did, Conte said: “No, but I have great respect for Pep and I think that when you have a method, when you have a philosophy of football, an idea you want to bring in every team you manage, you spend a lot of energy. And sometimes it can happen that you are a bit tired, more tired, in some periods.
“Above all when you were a footballer and then quickly you became a manager. You spend a lot of energy. But not just physical energy, also mental energy. In some moments it can happen to think [about retiring].
“I’m sure that Pep wants to continue for a long time. I think his work is fantastic. When you decide to do this work it’s because you like this. You like to have this pressure that is enormous. We need this.”