In a somewhat surprise move, Pep Guardiola has decided that when he comes out of his sabbatical, he’ll join Bayern München. Certainly the press has been mostly speculating that he’d end up in the EPL or Italy, but that’s because they’re all EPL fan boys. Guardiola apparently has signed on through 2016.
Jupp Heynckes had announced that he was retiring at the end of this season, so Bayern was definitely going to need someone new. But most of the other clubs in the running (with the exception of Ferguson at Man Utd) would have undoubtedly kicked their incumbent in the ass out the door if the Spaniard had indicated he wanted to join.
This is certainly somewhat of a coup for the Bundesliga, since they don’t get the respect they deserve. But perhaps Bayern is closest to Barcelona in philosophy, plus the added advantage that they don’t have a bunch of nut cases running the club. Bayern used to be known as “FC Hollywood” for all the mostly off-field drama, but those prima donnas are now largely gone. It would be nice to think that Guardiola looked at some of the unmatched aspects of the Bundesliga – reasonable admission prices, packed stadiums for *all* teams and the fan’s sense of ownership in the club – all things lacking in England, Spain, France or Italy.
Where ever he ended up, of course there would be immediate pressure, and Bayern is no exception. He’ll be expected to win everything in sight, but Bayern is truly all business, and perhaps less subject to the lunatic fringes that run some of the other contenders. But unlike some of the other clubs, at least at Bayern you can clearly say that all the pieces are in place to accomplish just that.
One good thing at least for Dortmund fans is that there’s now no chance that Jürgen Klopp leaves BVB for München.