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Kahn questions Guardiola candidacy

SoccerNews in La Liga 11 Dec 2012

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Oliver Kahn is unsure as to whether Pep Guardiola would be suited for the job as Bayern Munich coach due to his past at Barcelona.

Guardiola is reportedly one of the candidates to replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of the 2012/13 campaign, but Kahn believes the 41-year-old could struggle if he were to join Bayern.

“Pep Guardiola is heavily influenced by Barcelona’s footballing culture. He didn’t just coach their first team and reserves, but also played there for 11 years during his active career. Not many clubs have such a strong own identity as Barcelona,” Kahn wrote in his column for Bild.

“It could be difficult for him to adapt to life at another club such as Bayern with his strong ties to Barcelona’s philosophy. I’m not only talking about the language barrier. Just remember what happened with Jurgen Klinsmann. The changes that he had planned didn’t go down well with the club.

“If Bayern were to go after Guardiola, they will both have to compromise. Why not a transitional year with both Heynckes and Guardiola? With Heynckes working in the background helping to smooth things over as Guardiola instils his philosophy.

“Courageous decisions and fresh ideas are needed in order to guide Bayern into a new era and set new standards in Europe.”

Guardiola is enjoying a one-year sabbatical after leaving Barcelona at the end of the 2011/12 campaign.

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