Leaving Manchester City, Pep Guardiola Will Train the Dutch National Team?
MDP Live - Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola will be offered the opportunity to become the manager of the Dutch national team after leaving the Etihad Stadium.
According to the Mirror, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has even devised a plan to convince the Manchester City boss to realize his dream of becoming an international coach with De Oranje.
Guardiola is still under contract with The Citizens until the summer of 2023. This Premier League champions club actually hopes that the manager is willing to extend his stay at the Etihad.
However, the Spaniard has hinted at a desire to leave Manchester City after his tenure ends.
SportBible assesses Guardiola will not be short of job offers after resigning from his position in England. Moreover, the former manager of Barcelona and Bayern Munich has successfully led The Citizens to win the Premier League three times.
Guardiola and Dutch Football
Guardiola is known to have a strong relationship with Dutch football. The reason, this cold-handed manager had played under the care of the late Johan Cruyff during his time at Barcelona.
Launching SportBible, Guardiola also bases his playing style on the philosophy of Total Football. He also stated that he did not know anything about football, before getting to know the figure of Cruyff.
"You hear everyone say, 'Oh Pep, he's a great manager.' Forget it. Cruyff is the best so far," Guardiola told The Guardian, in 2016, as quoted by SportBible.
“Creating something new is the hard part. (But) creating it, building it, and getting everyone to follow it is great. That's why, when I was manager at Barcelona, I went to see Johan many times," continued the Manchester City boss.
Louis Van Gaal
Meanwhile, the Dutch national team is currently under the tutelage of Louis van Gaal. This is the third time van Gaal has coached the Oranje in his career as a manager.
The former Manchester United boss appeared to replace Frank de Boer whose performance was less than satisfactory for the Dutch national team at Euro 2020. Quoted from SportBible, Val Gaal's contract with the Oranje will expire at the end of 2022 after the Qatar World Cup.
Want to coach the national team
On the other hand, Guardiola did not deny his desire to move to the international level after ending the agreement with Manchester City. Last year's Goal.com report claimed that The Citizens tactician would take further steps as coach of the national team.
"The next step is (to coach) the national team, there is a possibility for that. International football is the next step," Guardiola said at the XP Investimentos event as reported by Goal.com from the Brazilian website Globo.
However, Guardiola said he needed to rest after undergoing a career as a manager for the last seven years at the Etihad.
"I need to rest after seven years (at Manchester City). I need to stop, look around, learn from other coaches, and I might take that path. I want to coach at the European Championship, Copa America and the World Cup."