Micah Richards abandons his prediction that Pep Guardiola will be the next England manager.
Micah Richards believes Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola would be a perfect contender to succeed Gareth Southgate as England manager.
The Spaniard is presently in his eighth season as manager of the Citizens, having been appointed in 2016.
The 52-year-old’s contract at the Etihad Stadium is slated to end in the summer of 2025, yet despite this, Guardiola has already been featured in a discussion on who the next England manager could be.
When asked about the potential of Guardiola replacing Southgate as England manager, Richards had this to say in a recent edition of The Rest Is Football.
“We had this conversation and we said should the England manager be English, and I think I said probably not,” he explained. It doesn’t matter as long as you win.
MORE MAN CITY NEWS “I would like to see Pep, I mean if Pep could come in there with all this talent that we have, it’s a little bit disrespectful because a lot of people ask me about this as well and we’ve been big fans of Southgate and when we say things like ‘Pep should be the new manager, Southgate’s not good enough,’ it’s a little bit disrespectful because a lot of people ask me about this and Southgate has been outstanding, reaching a final and a semi-final.
“But I just think in terms of elite coaches, if you could say who do you want, I think Pep could just tweak us that little bit to get us over the line.”
Back in September, it was claimed that the FA would try to persuade Guardiola to take over as England manager after Southagte’s contract expires following next year’s European Championship.
Despite the fact that the City manager has no experience leading a national team, the fact that he has been so successful at club level, including three Champions League titles, demonstrates why Richards believes he can bring that winning formula to the England team.
From the perspective of a City fan, we believe that the club’s major goal should be to keep Guardiola where he is for as long as possible rather than allowing him to consider considering the England position. Up