Pep Guardiola has emerged as the front runner to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Guardiola,41, is the latest high-profile manager to be linked to the United job but sources within the club believe that the fourteen-time title winning coach at Barcelona will be mentored by Ferguson until the end of the season.
Pep Guardiola has met with several high-profile clubs in recent months but is believed to favour a future with Manchester United ahead of other clubs. Fan IQ has reported that Guardiola has snubbed a move to Manchester City in hopes of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at United- and that he is prepared to wait until Ferguson is ready to give him the job full-time.
And The Sun reported that the United boss had a secret meeting with the Spaniard in New York at Christmas to discuss a move. Uk Football Finder understands that talks are now reaching an advanced stage between the two.
It is possible that Sir Alex wants Pep to see how the club is run from the inside for a season or so. Once he is satisfied that Pep understands the traditions and pressures that the job will bring and the direction that Sir Alex wants Manchester United to follow, then he could hand him full control.
Guardiola spent 10 years at Barcelona as a player before he took the hot-seat at the Catalan club and learnt about the club from the inside. Ferguson wants to make sure that does the same with Manchester United and gets to know the club from the inside again. The United boss is said to be willing and ready to share all his Premier League experience to Guardiola.
The Spanish coach is currently on sabbatical leave in New York for the rest of this season but has indicated that he will return to full-time management next season. Sir Alex Ferguson is expected to leave the Manchester United post in the next two years and is determined to overhaul Manchester City in the Premier League as he aims to leave the club at a peak for Guardiola to continue his fine work.