Pep Guardiola turned down Manchester club eleven years ago – more here

first_imgPep Guardiola may have just agreed to take over Manchester City in the summer, but he was not so accepting of a deal in his playing days.It has now been confirmed that the Bayern Munich manager will take charge at the Etihad in the close season, replacing Manuel Pellegrini.But it has been revealed that the Catalonian – a Champions League winner with his boyhood club as a player AND manager – was close to moving to Manchester in 2005.Following a stint in the Middle East, the 34-year-old wanted to ply his trade in England before hanging up his boots.Agent Tony Sharkey told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “At Manchester City [Guardiola] was literally just trying to get a playing contract.“Stuart Pearce said it himself – that the level of his training had gone up because Pep was there passing the ball for fun.“He was keeping the ball in training in seven, eight a side, he still had enough in the locker.“He was offered six months and he turned it down – if he was going to bring his family over he wanted to come for a year. So he turned the deal down at the time and he just wanted an opportunity to experience the Premier League.”Sharkey admits the playing style did not help the club’s cause:  “We went to watch the first game of the season – I think it was at home to West Brom – and it was a 0-0 draw, a lot of long ball stuff and I think David James was kicking it long and it didn’t look like a Pep Guardiola type of match!“It would have been fitting a square peg in a round hole really.”last_img read more