Amuneke on playing with Pep Guardiola
As a player he showed the capacity of being a manager, Emmanuel Amuneke on Pep Guardiola
The ex-Nigeria international played alongside the Manchester City manager at Barcelona from 1996-2001.
While Guardiola has gone to become one of the most successful managers of the game since he took his first managerial job at Barcelona in 2007-season, Amuneke has enjoyed relative success being the manager of the Nigeria U-17 team and the national team of Tanzania.
On whether Amuneke noticed the trait of a coach in Guardiola during their playing days together, the 1994 African best player told SPN, “Yes, I did.
“He always showed the capacity and intelligence to understand and interpret the game.
“As a footballer, Pep was quite intelligent and I am pleased he is doing very well as a manager today.”
Guardiola as Barcelona manager won 14 majour honours in four years however; Amuneke said such success was down to the confidence the board deposited in him.
He added, “However, I think it is difficult to tell if a footballer can end up as a good coach. Guardiola was given the best conditions to work irrespective of the fact that he did not have so much experience in the beginning.
“The people he worked with deposited confidence and belief in him and it paid off.”
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James Peters, Carlos Queiroz, Louis van Gaal, Sir Bobby Robson or Jose Mourinho – the best coach Amuneke worked under
Amuneke secured a move to Barcelona in 1996 where he linked up with Sir Bobby Robson during his first year at Camp Nou.
Louis Van Gaal succeeded Sir Robson the following season with Mourinho retaining his work as the assistant coach in the Spanish club.
While praising the impacts all the coaches had on him, he singled out Queiroz as the best.
“If I am to select one, I will choose Queiroz who I worked with while I was at Sporting Lisbon.
He knew what I could do and believed in my abilities.
“However, I appreciate all the coaches I worked with because I learned a lot of things from all of them, ” Amuneke said.
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