Premier League leaders Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola finally stepped out at Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium during Manchester City's fifth-round FA Cup tie where his club suffered a 1-0 defeat against Wigan.
Former Spanish football coach Guardiola entered Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium after almost 13 years he joined the Lancashire club as a player.
In 2005, when Guardiola was 34 years old and looking to expand his football career, tried various Premier League clubs, including Wigan, which was managed by Paul Jewell at that time.
The 47-year-old former Barcelona legend was also in talks with Manchester City then but ultimately agreed a better offer in Qatar before moving to a Mexican club.
"Yeah, it was years ago," said Guardiola. "But I was not good enough! That is the truth, yeah.
"I was old, really old, as a football player to come here. I tried to come here to play in English football but I was not able. The same happened when I came here to Manchester City, with Stuart Pearce. They were so clever!," he added.
"They were so clever because I was not good enough! Wigan were interested in me, I didn't choose the club. It didn't happen and that's all."
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