Of all the managers in world football, none is as coveted as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.
After making his name at Barcelona, where he coached perhaps the greatest club team of the modern era, Guardiola has found success at both Bayern Munich and Manchester City, where his brand of fast, skillful, attacking football has found near-universal admiration.
If there has been a criticism of the Catalan, it is that he has achieved greatness with already great teams. He has not been tested by budget constraints, or taken on a long term building project, as Jürgen Klopp is doing at Liverpool. Even so, few would argue that he makes very good players even better.
The Italian Job
Though Guardiola is under contract with City until 2021, his exacting standards seem to put a time limit on his tenure with any club. What he might do next is already a cause for speculation. One club in Italy certainly fits the bill: Juventus.
The Old Lady of Turin has a formidable domestic pedigree, winning the last seven Italian league titles. However, their owners and fans have even greater ambitions, specifically, European glory. That quest led them to buying the 33 year old Ronaldo for €100 million last year, especially for his big game experience.
Currently managed by Massimiliano Allegri, it seems the club has Guardiola in its sights. According to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, Guardiola is the 5/2 favourite to take over the reins in Turin. Former manager Antonio Conte is second favourite at 10/3 with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone at 6/1.