Pep Guardiola, one of the world’s top football managers, the man who led Barcelona to 14 titles in four years and is currently the coach of Bayern Munich, has recently put his name forward to stand as a candidate for the two main parties seeking independence from Spain in the Catalan elections, scheduled for 27 September. Good for him, I say. But that’s not what the Spanish Interior Minister in Madrid, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, says. He says that Pep Guardiola only ever played for the Spanish national side, therefore, not for patriotic reasons, but financial.
Yesterday I was invited back to participate in Matthew Tree’s ‘round table’ chat show on Barcelona’s El Punt-Avui TV with some fun guests (here’s the link). At some point during the discussions, I try to imagine Sir Alex Ferguson being accused of managing St.Mirren, Aberdeen and the Scottish national side (all before Man U) not for patriotic reasons to Scotland (Sir Alex is against Scottish independence) but financial. Or Sean Connery (pro-independence) being accused of playing 007 not for patriotic reasons to Her Majesty’s Secret Service, but financial. The fact is that it wouldn’t happen. But ministers in Madrid keep saying some rather bizarre things – whilst the Catalan independence movement gets stronger and stronger. Madrid needs to learn from the Westminster-Edinburgh dialogue. It’s not rocket science.
We also chat about our favourite American films of all time. Mine is The Graduate … and here’s my favourite scene:
Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.
Benjamin, I am not trying to seduce you.
I know that, but please, Mrs. Robinson, this is difficult …
Would you like me to seduce you?
Is that what you’re trying to tell me?