Pep Guardiola says he admires Roy Hodgson but cannot see himself still managing aged 72, as he prepares Manchester City for the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Guardiola praised the difference Hodgson has made since arriving at Selhurst Park in September 2017, with the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table, but admitted he is unsure he will achieve the same longevity in his coaching career.
“Of course I admire him, it is incredible to still have the passion to be a manager at his age,” Guardiola said when asked about Hodgson’s continuing appetite for football management.
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“I am interested in other things and I think I am going to do them when I am not a manager but I enjoy being a manager.
“If I still like it and have an offer and still have the passion, and I’m comfortable, then yeah.
“I didn’t say I’m going to retire the next week or the next year. I don’t think I will still be a manager at this age but I don’t know.”
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Guardiola also confirmed injury absentees Leroy Sane and Aymeric Laporte are making good progress in their rehabilitation.
“Leroy is still not training with us but everything is going really, really well,” he added. “Laporte, he made another week with us training.”
The City boss went on to give his support to the Premier League and PGMOL’s decision to advise referees to start using pitchside monitors from this weekend if VAR recommends changing a decision on a red card.