Guardiola taught Abramovich a lesson after rejecting Chelsea six times

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Pep Guardiola’s multiple rejections of the Chelsea job appear to have taught Blues owner Roman Abramovich the value of patience with his club’s managers.

The Spaniard has turned down the Chelsea job on no less than six occasions, with Guardiola remaining unconvinced that the club’s hire and fire philosophy would change.

Guardiola has built three of the best European teams of the 21 st century during his time as manager of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and current side Manchester City.

His talents as a manager led to Chelsea owner Abramovich frequently looking to appoint him whenever a vacancy in the Blues’ dugout came up.

But the Athletic have now revealed that Guardiola kept turning him down due to Chelsea’s penchant for sacking managers who did not show immediate results.

The first approach is reported to have come in the latter part of 2010, when Chelsea were in the midst of a slump in form under Carlo Ancelotti.

At the time, Guardiola was unhappy with life under Barca president Sandro Rosell and the Athletic claim that Chelsea made it clear he had an “open invitation” to become Blues boss.

The Spaniard instead opted to stay at the Camp Nou, while Ancelotti turned around his side’s form to guide them to second in the Premier League.

But once it began clear that it would not be enough to save the Italian though, the situation was revisited, though Guardiola again chose to turn down a move.

Andres Villas-Boas instead became Chelsea manager, those his reign quickly unravelled when he turned the club’s veteran players against him.

With Guardiola reported to be increasingly stressed by life at Barca, Abramovich again reached out about a possible move to London.

The Athletic claim that Guardiola subsequently spoke to Ancelotti about what life at Stamford Bridge would look like, before he publicly revealed that he would be taking a sabbatical from football.

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  • Roberto di Matteo was then appointed as interim manager after Villas-Boas departed, guiding Chelsea to their first Champions League title.

    Following that victory, the Blues are reported to have again approached Guardiola, but the Spaniard was set on taking his break from management.

    Di Matteo’s reign as permanent boss was even shorter than that of Villas-Boas, with the Italian sacked after the Blues were all but knocked out in the group stages of the Champions League.

    With the Chelsea fanbase in open revolt about the appointment of Rafael Benitez, Abramovich set about finally bringing his number one target to the club.

    But the firing of Di Matteo and Villas-Boas so soon into their reigns “dismayed” Guardiola, who by now had realised that Chelsea would never be the club for him due to their short-term approach.

    Despite Guardiola having settled on the opinion that the Chelsea job would never be the right one, the Blues made a last-ditch attempt to appoint him when Jose Mourinho was sacked for the second time.

    But instead of taking the Chelsea job, Guardiola joined City, linking up with his old friends from Barcelona Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain.

    Guardiola’s subsequent success at the Etihad following a mixed first season could be seen to have taught Abramovich the value of patience with managers.

    City have won six major trophies under Guardiola and are still in with a chance of sealing a quadruple this season.

    Chelsea meanwhile have gone through four managers in that time, failing to mount a title challenge since 2017 and are this season battling to make the top four.

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    • Champions League
    • Premier League
    • Jose Mourinho
    • Pep Guardiola
    • Chelsea FC
    • Carlo Ancelotti
    • Barcelona FC
    • Manchester City FC

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