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Munich---Pep Guardiola could
be poised to manage in the Pre-
mier League next season after
Bayern Munich announced yes-
terday he would stand down as
their head coach at the end of
the current campaign.
The Spaniard is sure to be
highly sought-after following
hugely successful spells at Bayern
and Barcelona before that, with
Chelsea one possible destination
in the summer after their decision
to part company with Jose Mour-
inho on Thursday.
Manchester City could be
another possible future employer,
with Guardiola having worked
previously with their chief exec-
utive Ferran Soriano and director
of football Txiki Beguiristain dur-
ing his time at Barca, while spec-
ulation over Louis van Gaal s
future at Manchester United
could make a move to Old Traf-
ford a possibility.
Bayern announced that former
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti
would succeed Guardiola, with
the 56-year-old Italian having
already agreed a three-year con-
tract to start in the summer.
"We re grateful to Guardiola
for everything he has given to
our club since 2013," Bayern s
chairman Karl-Heinz Rum-
menigge said in a statement pub-
lished on the Bundesliga club s
"I am convinced Pep and our
team are now going to work even
more intensively on realising our
sporting ambitions, particularly
now that it has been confirmed
that Pep will be leaving Bayern.
"Carlo Ancelotti has had suc-
cess as a coach everywhere and
he has won the Champions
League three times.
"Carlo is a calm, level-headed
expert who knows how to work
with stars and plays a brand of
football rich in variety.
"That is what we were looking
for, and that is what we have
found. We are looking forward
to working with him."
Guardiola, 44, took over from
Jupp Heynckes in the summer
of 2013 on a three-year contract
and won a Bundesliga and DFB-
Pokal double at the end of his
first season in charge.
His side also lifted the Euro-
pean Super Cup and the Club
World Cup that term, but they
were knocked out of the Cham-
pions League in the semi-finals
by Real Madrid.
That is where their European
journey ended last season as well
with Barcelona getting the better
of them, while they were knocked
out of the domestic cup by
Borussia Dortmund one step
from the final.
They did win the Bundesliga
again comfortably, though, and
they are on course to make it a
hat-trick of domestic league tri-
umphs under Guardiola this sea-
son, leading second-placed Dort-
mund by eight points at the mid-
way stage of the season.
The Bavarians are also into the
quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal
and the last 16 of the Champions
League, where they will face last
season s beaten finalists Juven-
tus.Rummenigge told German
newspaper Bild: "If a coach leads
you to three league titles in three
years, then you would be very
happy, full stop.
"Of course we would also like
to win the Champions League
and I would love for Pep and us
to do that before he leaves - just
like Jupp Heynckes who left after
winning the treble."
On Sunday, Guardiola was
returning to his Barcelona home
to spend Christmas and New
Year with his family.
He will return to Munich in
the first few days of January to
enter into the final six months
of his contract with them, hoping
to add to his title collection.
In the meantime there is sure
to be plenty of speculation over
what his next move will be.
Chelsea owner Roman
Abramovich is said to be a great
admirer of Guardiola and is on
the look-out for a permanent
successor to Mourinho, with
Guus Hiddink in interim charge
at Stamford Bridge until the end
of the season.
City s ex-Barca hierarchy
might be a factor which pulls
Guardiola to the Etihad, while
Manchester United s poor form
has opened up the question of
how long they may stand by
Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.
Ancelotti has wished Guardiola
and Bayern all the best for the
remaining five months of the
season before he steps into his
boots in the summer.
"It s an honour for me to be
part of this great club next sea-
son, FC Bayern Munich," he
wrote on Twitter.
"When I heard of the club s
interest, I didn t want to consider
any other offer.
"I honestly wish FC Bayern
Munich and my friend Pep
Guardiola the best for the current
season. I wish a merry and
peaceful Christmas and a happy
new year to all Bayern s fans and
to all of you."
Guardiola s glittering coaching
reputation was forged during four
incredibly successful years at
Barcelona, a club he had repre-
sented with great distinction as
a player having been part of their
so-called Dream Team of the
1990s under the leadership of
He won three Primera Division
titles between 2008 and 2012
having stepped up from coaching
the B team, lifting the Spanish
Cup and the Champions League
twice, having won the league six
times and the Champions Cup
once as a Barcelona player.
Manchester---Under-fire Louis van
Gaal has demanded his Manchester
United side show professionalism
to pull themselves out of their cur-
The Dutchman admits he must
also look at himself after his side s
poor run continued with a dispiriting
2-1 loss to Norwich---the side s third
successive defeat in all competi-
tions---at Old Trafford on Saturday.
United were booed off the field
after a result which not only left Van
Gaal facing further criticism but pos-
sibly fighting for his job, with Jose
Mourinho and Pep Guardiola now
both in the market for new jobs.
Mourinho left Chelsea on Thurs-
day after Roman Abramovich finally
felt compelled to act after a disas-
trous start to their title defence and
has indicated a desire to get straight
back into management. Guardiola
will be available in the summer too
after Bayern Munich confirmed on
Sunday that he would leave his job
with them at the end of the sea-
Van Gaal s slow, possession-based
game-plan has proved unpopular
with fans and with results now tak-
ing a downturn---United have also
not won in six games---the pressure
A Boxing Day trip to Stoke looks
another awkward fixture for United
and their veteran manager, with
Chelsea then coming to Old Trafford
on December 28.
Asked what needed to happen for
players to recover their draining con-
fidence, Van Gaal said: "To show
your professional attitude---that is
the only way you can get that back.
"We had done that this week and
that is the only way, but now we
have to evaluate what we have done
here and how we have prepared for
"We shall evaluate what we have
done as a staff, and as a team, to
make it better against Stoke City.
"And then we have to play within
two days against Chelsea. We have
to show our professional attitude to
improve and to come back into our
The defeat left United fifth in the
Barclays Premier League but they
had actually started brightly. They
controlled the game early on and
looked brighter in attack than on
previous occasions but they failed
to test opposing goalkeeper Declan
Ancelotti set to
Pep Guardiola ....will leave Bayern Munich at end of season.
London---Manchester City manager Manuel Pel-
legrini is convinced Pep Guardiola will coach in
the Premier League as speculation continues
that the outgoing Bayern Munich boss could
replace Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium.
Guardiola is sure to be courted by a host of
top clubs across Europe after it was announced
on Sunday that he will be leaving Bayern at the
end of the season, with the German champions
already having lined up Carlo Ancelotti as his suc-
Chilean boss Pellegrini has no doubts that
Guardiola will work in England at some stage and
admits there is a possibility he could be a future
City boss, with Chelsea and Manchester United
also reported to be possible destinations for the
former Barcelona coach.
"Pep Guardiola will work here (in England), I
don t know if it is next season here (at City) or
at another club. Some day he ll come here," he
said in quotes reported by several national news-
papers on Sunday.
"And I hope he will have the option to work at
Manchester City. I say that because I love this
club and I hope, in the future, he can work here
also. I am sure he will be very important for the
Pellegrini still has 18 months left on his current
City contract, with the team going well at home
and in Europe. But he is experienced enough to
know that the landscape can change very quickly,
irrespective of the contract a manager is on.
"My contract showed that the club was happy
and that I was happy, but sometimes you can have
a contract for six or eight years and, at the end
of the season, you don t continue anyway."
Pellegrini recognises his side s away form needs
to improve as they prepare for a tough test against
Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
City have struggled on their travels of late, not
winning any of their last four matches on the road
in the Barclays Premier League and failing to score
in the last three of them.
Pellegrini backs Pep
for Premier League
Manuel Pellegrini...expects Pep Guardiola to
coach Premier League.
LVG demands better from Man United
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