Guangzhou R&F coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst has revealed he is keen to return to the Premier League as a manager.
Bronckhorst has credited Pep Guardiola for helping him develop as a coach. The former Arsenal player spent five months studying Guardiola’s methods during a sabbatical to help shape his philosophy and approach to coaching.
The 45-year-old visited several clubs within the City Football Group to gain an understanding of the organization’s model but reveals that his time with Guardiola was the most valuable.
“Last year I spent five months with the City group and a lot of time in Manchester with Pep,” he told Sky Sports News.
“He was very open. He talked about the training sessions, and I could watch and see everything and talk with his staff. Those are moments you can see him really in action, and he is a very special coach.
“Those months with him in Manchester, I could see a lot of things I didn’t see before, and it helped to develop me as a coach. Pep is a coach at the moment who is influencing a lot of young coaches. And he’s not the only one, Jurgen Klopp is doing a great job at Liverpool.”
Van Bronckhorst, who left Feyenoord after four years in charge and guiding them to the Eredivisie title in 2017, wanted a behind-the-scenes look at the football and business side of CFG ahead of his move to Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F.
Having only taken the role at Guangzhou R&F earlier this year, Van Bronckhorst admits he would like his next managerial position to be in the Premier League.
“At the moment I’m enjoying my work in China,” he said.
“But as a player, I had ambition, and as a coach, I have ambition. The Premier League for me is the number one league in the world to be working at and, for me, it is definitely an ambition to work in. I always said if I could coach the teams I played for, it would be a big dream.”
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