Revealed: Guardiola gives Chelsea an answer after Abramovich approach
By Editor Wayne Veysey | Former Evening Standard, Press Association and Goal chief correspondent with 17 years experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this
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Pep Guardiola has told Chelsea that he is not interested in becoming their permanent manager next summer, Football Insider sources understand.
The Spaniard has been sounded out by the Blues about his availability but has been put off by the rapid turnover of managers during the Roman Abramovich era.
Mourinho’s sacking early on Thursday afternoon is the 10th time Chelsea have dismissed their manager since 2003 and the second time the Portugese has been given his marching orders.
Guus Hiddink will be named Chelsea manager until the end of the season in his second spell as caretaker manager of the club.
But Abramovich is planning on make a permanent appointment next summer.
Guardiola, who has also been the subject of serious moves from Abramovich in the past, is the most in-demand manager in the world.
As reported by Football Insider, he is poised to announce next week he is leaving Bayern Munich and Carlo Ancelotti is set to replace him.
Guardiola, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has informed the Bayern hierarchy of his decision to leave the club.
An announcement to confirm Guardiola is to quit will have major repercussions for Premier League clubs.
City are the favourites to land Guardiola after making discreet enquiries about his availability and are hopeful a deal can be formalised before there is a further stampede for the 44-year-old’s services. But Arsenal are also monitoring the former Barcelona manager’s availability.
Manchester United have distanced themselves from the possibility of moving for Guardiola, with the plan for Louis van Gaal to continue for the remaining 18 months of his contract.
Guardiola took over at Bayern in 2013 after a year-long sabbatical and has guided the German giants to back-to-back Bundesliga titles.
Speaking after Bayern’s 1-0 win over Darmstadt on Tuesday night, Guardiola refused to comment on questions about his future.
“Tonight, I have no answer,” he said at his post-match media conference. “Next week there will be clarity.”
Last month, the Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed that the Bundesliga giants had yet to enter negotiations over extending Guardiola’s stay but said talks were scheduled to take place after Bayern’s match against Hannover on Saturday.
“It is not planned to push back that date,” said Rummenigge. “We have always said there will be a decision in 2015. I know that it’s late, just days before Christmas. But the talks will be held after the Hannover match, and we’ll then announce a decision.”
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