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Pep Guardiola Quits Bayern Munchen for Man City? More Premier League Teams Hope to Hire
Josep "Pep" Guardiola revealed this week that he'll make an announcement soon regarding his future as the manager of Bayern Munchen. Considering his contract comes to an end in 2016, reports are all-but confirming that Pep is leaving Munich, Germany, possibly for a job in the Barclays Premier League. Rumors have already linked the two-time Bundesliga championship coach with Manchester City, apparently replacing Manuel Pellegrini next season. Other British teams with manager struggles such as Manchester United and Chelsea FC are reportedly looking to hire Pep as well. Allegedly, Carlo Ancelotti is Guardiola's reported replacement in 2016.
According to The Daily Mail, Guardiola avoided giving a firm answer on his future with the club, explaining that we will get "clarity" on the situation in a week's time. He's been with Munich since 2013, coaching some of the most impressive footballers in the world, including most of his current roster. He's won back-to-back league championships and could be on his way to a third this season.
It sounds like he wants to end on top.
"It is not planned to push back that date," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said last month, according to The Guardian. "We have always said there will be a decision in 2015. I know that it's late, just days before Christmas. But the talks will be held after the Hannover match, and we'll then announce a decision. It always continues. There is no person in this world who can't be replaced at some point. That's the state of things. Players come, players go, and the same applies to coaches. They come and they go at one point."
We'll find out more soon.
So far, Manchester City is rumored to have already snatched Pep from Germany. According to The Mirror, former Bayern coach Omar Hitzfeld recently entertained the idea-- thus spreading the rumors-- that Pep has already agreed to move to Manchester City at the end of the season.
If this rumor is not true, other teams like Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly interested in the coach. We know about the unfortunate season of the defending EPL champions and manager Jose Mourinho, so hiring Pep could be a solution. Also, United is linked in other rumors to Bayern's alleged replacement, Ancelotti, in hopes of getting Cristiano Ronaldo to follow his former Real Madrid manager. Read more on that here.