It's one of the burning questions in the football world these days:
Where will Pep Guardiola coach next season?
I'd love for us as a Vingle community to take a stab at it. We know that Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season (and Carlo Ancelotti has already been named his successor), but there is not yet any indication of where Guardiola will be next year. Lots of speculation, no certainty. Here are some of the possibilities.
Louis van Gaal will be lucky to last to the end of this season at the rate things are going right now. I wrote last week about the possibility that Mourinho could move in and take van Gaal's position before the end of the season, but assuming there is a vacancy at the end of the year, United could be a very attractive option for Guardiola. He loves the big clubs, and United have the biggest market of any club in Europe. It could be a great match.
Perhaps Guardiola will prefer Manchester's blue half. City are a club with bags and bags of money and that will be an extremely attractive aspect of the club for Guardiola, who will no doubt want to make some transfers wherever he goes to make his own mark on the team. Current manager Manuel Pellegrini is struggling this season, and the consensus seems to be that if he fails to win the Champions League this year, his time at City will be up. Guardiola would be the perfect replacement for the ever-ambitious City.
Chelsea just appointed Guus Hiddink their interim manager after firing Jose Mourinho, but I don't see Hiddink staying past this season. He derailed the Dutch national team and is a huge part of the reason they failed to qualify for the Euros and I don't think he'll do enough in his few months at Chelsea to turn the team around and convince the board that he's the man for the job. So, there could well be a vacancy in London come the end of the season. Guardiola is a great option for any club, but it makes tons of sense for him to take over Chelsea. They've got lots of money, but an old squad that needs to be retooled, and Guardiola coudl be just the man for them.
My money is on Manchester City to be the landing place for Guardiola.
What do you think? Could Pep end up outside of England? It's possible, but I bet he's in the Prem next season. Where do you think he'll be?