Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness revealed an interesting story on Wednesday, saying he convinced current manager Josep Guardiola to become the European champions’ new coach during a trip to sell sausages in the United States.
Yes, you read that right folks.
According to the Bayern chief, Hoeness held talks with the former Barcelona coach last year in New York, although only after first flying out as part of a private business venture for the family’s business.
In an interview, Hoeness revealed to Bild that he used the opportunity to secretly sound out Guardiola, who took a year’s sabbatical away from football:
"It was partly a business trip for my company," said Hoeness, who runs his family’s sausage factory. I went to Chicago first to visit Aldi. I knew that Pep was about to fly to Barcelona for his holidays and that a meeting there would have been far more dangerous, so we decided I would meet him in the States, where the risk of being spotted was smaller.
"I wanted to take him out for a meal, but that night, Alex Ferguson was dining in the very same restaurant. It certainly would not have been funny had he seen me and Pep together."
The trip, according to Hoeness himself, was a complete success. Bayern which officially confirmed in early-January that Guardiola had agreed to become Bayern’s new coach. Hoeness added:
"I had the signed contracts with me He just wanted to get to know me better. Of course it was an extraordinary trip. Nobody really expected Bayern to appoint Guardiola.
"We didn’t believe he was being serious with us either for a long time. What we are seeing now is a consequence of those few hours in New York."
Seems like a successful business trip that power brokers can only dream of.
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