Womenforfootball.com- The messiah will appear in Munich. The bombshell news that shook football community: FC Barcelona’s legendary manager, who had set milestone record with Spanish Champions throughout the years- before his departure with pride last season- signed a 3 years contract with German Bundesliga Champions, Bayern Munich.
I waited a week before reflecing on this news, because like many football fans, I was shocked to digest this news. Not because Bundesliga is a demeaning league, in fact the reverse is true; Bundesliga teams, in particular giants teams like FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are new frontiers in advanced and financially stable European stay.
What was shocking to football fans, including me, was why amongst all other top teams whom tried to lure him away, he chose Bundesliga league and FC Bayern? Ever since his departure from Barcelona on high notes, there were public interest and rumors about likes of Manchester United seeking to find top successor for retiring Alex Ferguson, or Manchester City which despite spending Billions in transfer market, have yet to achieve Champions League glory, or Chelsea in which its owner has yet to trust any of his managerial appointees since departure of trophy-winner Jose Mourinho.
Not to mention, strong interest shown by struggling,yet famed AC Milan or PSG whose owners had not got the return on investment they have made for managers and players.
So clearly, the fame and money was not an issue for Pep Guardiola, as such he had far better destination choices than Bayern Munich.
What is puzzling here is Pep Guardiola’s motivations and goals for Bayern Munich. Considering Bayern Munich is usually a back-to-back Bundesliga Champion, except few slip-ups in recent seasons when Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund won the league instead. Is winning European Champions league his imminent mandate? Because if it is not, winning Bundesliga titles and DFB-Pokal, German Cup, will be repetition of what previous Bayern Munich managers had done over the years and yet have been sacked by Bayern directors.
In fact, it is essential to point out that Bayern officials are not too patient with their managers either. Despite being Bundesliga Champions, they had sacked 6 managers in the past 10 seasons.
Also the mentality of the club, unlike Barcelona’s, is not necessarily to nourish home-grown talent from their Academy, but rather luring away other teams’ stars to their team. So I think Pep Guardiola would struggle getting used to that aspect of his new club, unless Bayern officials give him time and patience they had never given to previous managers, to build upon Bayern Munich’s Academy players.
We shall wait and watch Pep’s first official game in charge of Bayern Munich though before making any further assumptions. According to his contract though, Summer 2013 is when he will start his career in Germany lasting(in hopeful manner!) until 2016. I sure cant wait!