If PSG today dreams of replacing Mauricio Pochettino with Zinédine Zidane, Qatari leaders have long hoped for a certain Pep Guardiola. Maybe it will come soon.
This is the info of Telegraph this Thursday: the coach of theAjax Erik ten Hag is now in the sights of the leaders of Manchester City for the succession of Pep Guardiola in 2023. Yes, the Catalan strategist is at the end of his contract in 18 months and already announced, last August, that he was going to make a ” pause “, With, in the back of his mind, the will to lead a national team, he who wants” have the experience of a Copa América ».
But with the approach of the end of his great adventure with the Cityzens, the name of Guardiola will especially be associated with the PSG. Qatar had requested the ex-coach of Barça in 2012 and would still dream of entrusting him with the controls of the red and blue team. For the record, the Emir Tamim ben Hamad Al Thani, in search of a “new Guardiola” and advised by Xavi, had asked Nasser al-Khelaïfi to hire Thomas Tuchel in 2018.
Guardiola still very close to Qatar
The Parisian recalled, last April, that the former defensive midfielder, who played at the end of his career at Al Ahli, a club from Doha, ” maintains close ties with the small country of the Arabian Peninsula “. He was the ambassador, in 2010, of the Qatari candidacy for the 2022 World Cup and was for a time announced as the potential coach of the small emirate for the World Cup organized in Doha and its surroundings.
After his Mancunian epic, Guardiola, who is already one of the best coaches in history, could not rest too long and take up a new major challenge by maneuvering Qatari PSG. In their desire to dismiss Mauricio Pochettino, with the hope of installing Zinédine Zidane on the bench, the leaders may take into account the possibility of rolling out the red carpet in Guardiola from 2023. A “transition” coach could do the trick …