Noel Gallagher has become the first person to interview new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola officially became Manchester City boss in February, when it was announced he would leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season to replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium.
In their 23-minute interview, Guardiola admitted he didn’t know what to expect from the Premier League. The former Barcelona manager told Gallagher: “I will have to learn how we’re going to play. But I’ve learned in Germany, so why not here. I’m told it’s so hard, so tough and people say ‘Pep isn’t going to be able to adapt.’ So that’s why I’m here – to try and do it.”
Gallagher deliberately avoided mentioning new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho by name, calling him “That bloke across the road.”
Asked about how he’ll cope with press attention in England, Guardiola said it was likely to be less intense than in Spain. He said: “When you lose and people talk bullshit, you’re angry and don’t speak properly. That’s how it is. But I lived in Barcelona, and the people in Madrid are absolutely crazy.”
Guardiola also admitted that then-City boss Stuart Pearce was right not to sign him when the former Spanish international midfielder was nearing the end of his playing career. He told Gallagher: “Pearce was right, as I was 33 or 34 and that age for a player is a disaster. He offered me a six-month deal, but I would have had to move my family, so in the end I decided no.”
Gallagher is in the middle of a run of festivals, with shows ahead at Kendal Calling, Y Not, Lytham, Glasgow Summer Sessions, Victorious, Festival No 6 and Electric Picnic before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds finish touring their ‘Chasing Yesterday’ album with a show at Brixton Academy on September 6.