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Pep Guardiola speaks of his dream to coach in England

Updated: Wednesday, 16 Jan 2013 11:50 | Comments

Pep Guardiola appears to be looking for a route into management in English football
Pep Guardiola appears to be looking for a route into management in English football

Pep Guardiola believes it would be a unique experience to have a chance of coaching in England.

Much like Jose Mourinho on Monday, the 41-year-old has used a video message to the Football Association, congratulating it on its 150th anniversary, to outline the lure English football holds for him.

"It is unique, to play in that league," he told FATV.

"I want to feel the supporters, the environment, the media and the style of the players.

"As a player, I couldn't realise my dream to play there.

"But I hope, in the future, I have a challenge to be a coach there and feel the experience of all the coaches and players that have been there."

Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been heavily linked with the highly-rated former Barcelona coach, who is currently on a year's sabbatical after standing down at the Nou Camp at the end of last season.

Unlike Mourinho, Guardiola has been more guarded with his responses as to where he will reappear.

Indeed, the favoured option at present is German giant Bayern Munich.

But it is clear the English game holds special appeal.

Guardiola continued: "I have always found English football fascinating. The support of the home team is amazing.

"In Italy, Latin people will support you when they are playing and when you lose, they kill you. In England, I'm always surprised that people support everything.

"That is nice and why, maybe, as I am still young, just 41, I hope to have the challenge or the opportunity to train there."

Guardiola's message will be played out later today at the lavish ceremony at the Connaught Rooms in central London, where football's first rulebook was drafted.

Scores of football dignitaries will be in attendance with every living former England manager amongst those invited.

With high-profile friendlies against Brazil, Republic of Ireland and Scotland already arranged, it promises to be a memorable year, with Pele confirmed as guest of honour at the inaugural player of the year awards night at St George's Park on Sunday 3 February.

The FA will use the event to showpiece the huge amount of work they do, both at the highest level and, more importantly, for the grassroots game given they are responsible for all seven million officially registered players in England.

It is an undertaking that should not go unrecognised.

"I want to say congratulations to the FA on this huge anniversary, because 150 years is a lot," said Guardiola.

"But also because they created the rules of football and have a responsibility for the game.

"They have been important in the development of our beautiful game."

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