Wormuth: Guardiola needs to prove himself

Germany Under-20 coach Frank Wormuth believes outgoing Bayern München manager Pep Guardiola needs to prove his credentials at a smaller club.

Guardiola has seen success in both Spain and Germany and has two Champions League crowns from stints in charge of Barcelona and Bayern München and is seen as one of the most talented coaches in the world today.

The Spaniard’s contract expires at the end of this season and he has already revealed he will not be extending his stay with the Bavarians with a view to taking charge of a club in the English Premier League next term.

While Wormuth admits that Guardiola is undoubtedly a talented manager, he feels the 44-year-old’s achievements are watered down because he has only had success with the best teams in the world.

“Pep Guardiola is an outstanding coach but, with all due respect, he has so far only coached outstanding teams. I would love to see him at an average fifth-division side,” he told German newspaper Sueddeutsche.

“There are tactical wizards in the third league. Should we call someone, who is highlighted by the media, ‘the world’s best coach’? There are many good coaches who put in great performances with players of lesser quality.

“During my courses, I show my pupils that a team plays three or four different systems during a match without realising it.

“But, of course, at FC Bayern Munich, David Alaba can play three positions on a similar level – you can do everything there. At other clubs, defenders just play long balls, and when the defender has to play on the right wing it just doesn’t work out.

“Generally speaking, whether a coach is successful or not comes down to the small situations, what he says when things don’t go that well.

“And I am not talking about the major crises, but rather those little things during a match – to feel when a player has a negative vibe and withdraw him, to spot that the opponent has a problem on the left side and utilise that.

“Those are the details of the everyday business, which are highly interesting and identify a good coach.”

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