Pep Guardiola on Bayern Munich managerial shortlist – claimed to be ‘unhappy’ at Man City

Pep Guardiola is one of three names on Bayern Munich’s shortlist for the managerial role at the Allianz Arena, alongside Thomas Tuchel of Paris Saint-Germain and Erik ten Hag of Ajax, according to a report from SPORTBILD relayed by Sport Witness.

Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

It seems coincidental that, in the wake of Manchester City’s 3-1 defeat to title rivals Liverpool on Sunday, several reports have come to light linking major names within the club with moves elsewhere. Pep Guardiola is the latest name to be thrown into the mix this week.

According to SPORTBILD in Germany, the Catalan boss is on a three-man shortlist at Bayern Munich for their vacant managerial role at the Bundesliga side. The report suggest that officials at the club have maintained regular contact with their former manager, since his departure from Germany in 2016.

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City during a Manchester City training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League quarter-final match against Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Despite having a contract until 2021 at the Etihad Stadium, this remarkable claim from the German newspaper suggests Guardiola is ‘no longer happy‘ in Manchester – going against reports from the Mail on Monday, suggesting he is more than happy to see out the remaining 18 months on his existing deal.

The report then went on to confirm what was reported by David Ornstein in his weekly column in the Athletic this week – that the Catalan boss still owns a property in Munich. However, despite Bayern ‘dreaming‘ of the return of Guardiola, his ‘first preference‘ would be to manage a national side upon leaving Manchester City – with contacts maintained in Qatar.

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City reacts during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

To add to the stories linking the Manchester City head coach with a move elsewhere, assistant manager Mikel Arteta has also been strongly linked with a top role at other Premier League clubs – specifically Arsenal and Everton. It was reported this week that Etihad bosses would NOT be willing to stand in Arteta’s way, should an opportunity arise.

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