The former Barcelona coach, who is with his family in New York enjoying a sabbatical year, does not plan to interrupt his season off to take over after the departure of Mano Menezes as Brazil’s coach. According to sources close to Guardiola consulted by Terra, Guardiola will not change his initial decision to enjoy a year off in the Big Apple with his wife, Cristina, and their children Marius, Marina and Valentina.
Pep’s future seems closer to the Premier League, particularly at Manchester City, where two men close to him have arrived: Former Barcelona athletic director Tixi Bergiristáin and former blaugrana executive Ferran Soriano. Guardiola promised his family that after concluding his spell at Barcelona, which he coached for four seasons, they would move away from soccer to rest and spend more time with each other, and he has kept his word by moving to New York. Accepting the Brazilian offer would break the promise he made to his wife and children.
Guardiola is flattered by the Brazilian Football federation’s interest, but understands that it is a big responsibility to take charge of a team unknown to him just 18 months before the FIFA World Cup, which it will host. Pep does not like long contracts, so signing with Brazil until the conclusion of the World Cup would not be a problem, but his priority is the daily work and his participation in the decision making, from the youth squad to the first team.
Working with Brazil would mean taking over a group that could only work in short periods of time and apart from each other, which would not seduce the former Barcelona coach. He is not afraid of the responsibility of being the first foreign coach in the history of Brazil, but he prefers to complete the sabbatical year and return to the bench for the start of next season, preferably in England, now that the language will not be an obstacle to his family after living a year in the United States.
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