Sir Alex Ferguson "surprised" by Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich move

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson leaves the field at the final whistle after beating West Ham 1-0 during the FA Cup third round replay on January 16, 2013
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Sir Alex Ferguson reveals that he was "surprised" to hear of Pep Guardiola's decision to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that he is "surprised" by Pep Guardiola's decision to take charge of Bayern Munich.

The former Barcelona coach will replace Jupp Heynckes as the German club's coach at the end of the season.

"I was surprised because I didn't see it coming," Ferguson told reporters. "All the time the talk was about clubs in England.

"But if you assess it as a coach, if you're given the opportunity to manage Bayern Munich it is hard to turn down because they are probably one of the best-run clubs in Europe.

"A fantastic city, a fantastic stadium, good players, good history. It is very easy to choose Bayern Munich with all these circumstances."

Guardiola stepped down as the Barcelona coach at the end of last season after four years at Camp Nou.

Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes during the match against Augsburg on December 8, 2012
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