Pep Guardiola has revealed that he was desperate to join Newcastle United.
The now Manchester City boss even wrote a letter asking if he could move to St James Park.
The revelation has come in a new documentary film which is set to be released in the coming weeks (see details below).
Pep Guardiola is one of those interviewed for ‘Bobby Robson – More Than A Manager’ and in the film, he explains his ‘secret’.
Guardiola was one of Barcelona’s established stars when Sir Bobby Robson won European Manager of the Year after winning three trophies in 1996/97.
The following season Robson was moved upstairs to be General Manager, with Louis van Gaal taking over as manager.
Bobby Robson only lasted one year in that role before deciding to move back into management with a return to PSV, before a year later joining Newcastle United in 1999.
When Bobby ‘came home’ to St James Park, Pep Guardiola was still in his prime as a player, aged 28 and still a Barcelona star and playing for Spain.
However, he reveals how he contacted his old manager when he took over on Tyneside, desperate to come and play for Newcastle in the Premier League and of course reunite with his former boss.
Guardiola says that he got a written reply explaining how ‘it was not possible because he had a lot of quality’ already, with the likes of Lee, Speed, Solano and Dyer in his midfield.
Despite his disappointment, the now Premier League winner as a manager, says receiving that letter from Sir Bobby meant so much, as he is ‘one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life.’
“I am going to explain something secret.
“After the purge in Barcelona, he [Sir Bobby Robson] went to Newcastle and I sent him a letter to [hopefully] offer me the chance to go to him and play at Newcastle.
“One of my dreams would have been to have played in England.
“He answered me and said it was not possible because he had a lot of quality and he was right, but even in that tough moment, he was always so kind.
“He wrote a simple letter and it was like it meant so much more.
“Bobby is one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life.
“It is not easy to manage Barcelona, especially in that period.
“I learned, when I saw him, how lonely the manager feels and, [how even] in the bad moments, always he had a typical smile.
“In my case, in that situation it would have been impossible to react how he did.
“For him it was a tough period [at Barcelona] and I learned a lot because, in that period I thought…‘I want to become a manager.’
“How he handled that situation was incredible and I admired him a lot.
“It doesn’t matter what the media says…always try to be calm.”
‘Bobby Robson – More Than A Manager’ – The film will be on general release at the start of June (via download/DVD) but ahead of that, there are three special stadium screenings.
The first of those is at St James Park (22 May), followed by Wembley (24 May) and then Portman Road (25 May).
The exclusive stadium screenings cost £20 per ticket and £5 of that goes to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Book your ticket NOW to an Exclusive Stadium Preview of the new Sir Bobby Robson documentary film.
Please note the doors will open at 7pm, with a Q&A (with a special guest) at 8.15pm and then the film at 8.45pm
Only 1200 seats available at the St James Park screening and not many left, so book now to avoid disappointment.
Book Online HERE or Call 0844 858 6767.