Guardiola says he doesn’t want to coach until his 70s

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Roy Hodgson, manager of Crystal Palace looks on before the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park on March 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Roy Hodgson, manager of Crystal Palace looks on before the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion at Selhurst Park on March 09, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Manchester City will visit Selhurst Park today where 71-year-old manager Roy Hodgson coaches Crystal Palace.

Roy Hodgson has been managing professionally since 1976, he has taken care of 21 different teams, including the national squads of the United Arab Emirates, Finland, and England.

The 71-year-old coach is now working for Crystal Palace, and today he and his team will host Manchester City in a showdown with boss Pep Guardiola.

And it was Guardiola who said he doesn’t want to be a coach until that old age.

“I don’t see myself training at 71-years old, believe me, no way,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.

“When I started I said I wanted to be a manager but not at 71.”

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He added: “I will retire, I am pretty sure of that, but I want to enjoy a few more years. I love doing that [coaching] but I think you need special energy and I think at 71 I will not have the same energy for being there every day and to be focused on training sessions.”

“There will be new generations and new ideas and they will have to do it. I will see it and I will be watching football until the last day of my life because I like it, but being there I don’t think so.”

“I think it’s a big mistake when you have had success as a manager to [believe] you can do the other things,” he added.

“I do not prefer to be a CEO or a president because you have to prepare for that. I have not had time in the past and I don’t like it.”

“I don’t want to be a president, I don’t want to be a CEO, I don’t want to be a sporting director,” Guardiola continued.

“I don’t want to be in these kinds of jobs because you have to be prepared and I don’t want to be prepared because I don’t like it.”