Manchester will be Pep’s preferred Premier League base

Pep Guardiola will be flying into an airport in the north west of England if he does end his reign at Bayern Munich come the end of the season, according to voters.

Today’s Ladbrokes News poll put the question forward to determine which Premier League club would be the biggest pull for the Spaniard, and it was clear that a spell in Manchester was the predicted outcome.

And it is the red side of the city that Guardiola is more likely to representing in the future with Manchester United picking up 39 per cent of the vote.

That news comes on the day that Louis van Gaal became favourite to be the next manager to leave his role after Jose Mourinho’s sacking this afternoon.

Near neighbours City racked up 36 per cent of your backing. A move for Pep would potentially suit the club’s hierarchy but whether he’d be keen on a switch to the Etihad remains to be seen.


The two northern clubs were some way clear of the London outfits Arsenal and Chelsea.

Arsene Wenger has had some sections of the Gunners fanbase calling for his head for years now, so if Pep were to declare an interest in taking the Emirates hot-seat, expect those calls to start up again.

Nevertheless, only 14 per cent saw the north London side as the most likely to bring Guardiola to these shores.

Languishing at the bottom of our poll – as well as near the bottom of the Premier League table – were Chelsea.

Regardless of their current position, it was a somewhat surprising outcome to see them pick up just 11 per cent of the votes.

The departure of Mourinho means the first stumbling block of the 47-capped former midfielder joining the Stamford Bridge club has been taken out of the way and he remains a 7/1 shot to succeed his old El Clasico foe.

But if our poll is to be believed, even with the role currently unoccupied, the Blues would be way down in Pep’s pecking order.

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Ben Stones

Ladbrokes News’ equine expert, Ben likes nothing more than studying the form to pick out a winner or two for our readers. A Journalism and Media Studies graduate from the University of Winchester, Ben has previously written for a number of football and racing blogs and websites, as well as contributing to the sports pages of his home-town newspaper.