Wednesday, February 24News For London

Manchester City announce Pep Guardiola as new manager

Pep Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City at the end of the season. The Spaniard has agreed to a three-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.

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Pep Guardiola will take charge of Manchester City at the start of next season (Photo: Thomas Rodenbucher / Flickr)

While many clubs are still trying to add some new players to their squad at the very last moment of the January transfer window, Manchester City revealed arguably the biggest move of the summer by announcing that Pep Guardiola will be become their new manager.

It came after months of speculation, in where especially Chelsea and Manchester United were also mentioned as possible new suitors. The Guardian claims that both Chelsea and United made very late “overtures” after they learned that Manchester City was close to capture the signature of the Catalan manager.

It is thought that the presence of Ferran Soriano (CEO) and Txiki Begiristain (director of football) at Manchester City were crucial in appointing the manager. Both directors worked at Barcelona in previous years and knew Guardiola, who enjoyed a successful period at the Catalan club by winning every possible club-price.

Manchester City hope he can replicate this success in Manchester. In an official statement, the club said the agreement was negotiated in recent weeks after it had “commenced and finalized contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola”.

The club argued that to announce the deal was in the best interest of all people involved. “Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the Club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation.”

Manuel Pellegrini said on the website of the BBC that the club was entitled to end his contract, as they agreed in the summer. “We extended the contract one year more, but with the clause that one, the club or me, can not use that extent of contract, so I finish here at the original date of the 30st of June.”

Pellegrini said that he didn’t feel the club had acted behind his back, and that he was aware of the situation months ago.