Man City confirm Guardiola will replace Pellegrini at end of season

Date published: Monday 1st February 2016 1:20

Manuel Pellegrini: Will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at City

Manuel Pellegrini: Will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at City

Pep Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager next season on a three-year contract, the club have announced.

The club’s surprise statement ends considerable speculation linking them with outgoing Bayern Munich boss Guardiola and over Pellegrini’s future.

Guardiola will take over from the start of the 2016-17 season having agreed a three-year contract with the club.



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An official club statement read: “Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC head coach for the 2016/17 EPL season onwards.

“The contract is for three years. These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.

“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, who is fully supportive of the decision to make this communication, is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead and retains the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the club.”

Manuel Pellegrini: Says title can be won in last month

The news was announced at the end of a standard press conference to preview Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League game at Sunderland.

First Pellegrini, who signed a one-year extension to his original three-year contract last summer, announced his departure and that was quickly followed by the club statement.

Pellegrini said: “Before we finish I will tell you that I talked with the club and I will finish my contract on the original date in June. We extended the contract one year more but with the clause that one of the club or me may not use that extended contract. So, I will finish here on the original date, June 30.

“There has been a lot of speculation about things, but they (the club) are not doing anything behind me. I knew this one month ago. I don’t think it is good to have speculation about different things. I prefer to finish (by announcing) today – that is why I have told the press and told the players. I told the club two weeks ago that I would do it.”

Chilean Pellegrini, 62, succeeded Roberto Mancini as City boss in 2013 and guided them the Premier League and Capital One Cup success in his first season.

They failed to defend their title last season but remain alive in four competitions this term.

One interesting aspect of City’s statement is the admission that the talks with Guardiola began in 2012 – at a time when City had secured the Premier League title under Mancini on a dramatic final day of the season.

It was in the summer of 2012 that Guardiola opted to take a sabbatical from coaching before joining Bayern in time for the start of the 2013-14 season.

Guardiola announced just before Christmas that he would leave Bayern at the end of the season, with the German giants simultaneously confirming that former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti would succeed him.

Guardiola, who also had a distinguished playing career and was part of the 1990s Barcelona ‘Dream Team’ under Johan Cruyff, then announced his desire to coach in England last month.

City had always been perceived as favourites to win the race for his signature, with City football director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano having worked with Guardiola at Barcelona.

But Chelsea – who sacked Jose Mourinho in December after a dreadful start to their title defence – had also been linked with Guardiola along with Manchester United, whose manager Louis van Gaal is under pressure after some mediocre performances this term.

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    James Marshment

    Pep Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager next season on a three-year contract, the club have announced.

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    Suddenly transfer deadline day becomes interesting … no other reason for it happening now than a big signing due surely…?



    Just like moaninho, would only go to money clubs … it is easy to be succesful when you can buy just about any player with unlimited transfer budgets/cheques.



    Football’s worst kept secret. Funny thing is, it’s been 3 years in the making yet other clubs thought they were in with a chance.

    So, Finn you are a red? Which red club is this that does not spend money?



    finn_red – if it was so easy to “buy” success you wouldnt have wasted 100s of millions of pounds over the years and still not won the league huh…?



    Shiekh Mansour went to Germany in a Toyota Corolla – brought us back a manager Pep Guaridola



    Priceless from finn_red – how much have you spent on securing your success ? Envy is a really ugly thing



    best make the most of criticising the manager and tactics over the next couple of months boys! won’t be able to say anything next season! 😉


    Mancity Jim

    Well I am very pleased. Odd time to announce it tho? Wonder if it had anything to do with his wife spotted at a manc school. ?



    Guess it kills off this season though?
    Hope not.



    Some City players whos not comfortable with the ball will be replaced.


    Mancity Jim

    Question lads? Do we leave Finn reds post on? Tbh I am in such a good mood I find it quite amusing.


    nine nine nine

    Great appointment lads make the PL even more exciting and it will be difficult to hang on to your shirt tails now.

    Current squad+ financial might+ infra structure + Guardiola = Guaranteed success imo. I can see you winning the CL during the next 3 seasons.

    I don’t begrudge you any of this for one minute many of you Big Jim amongst them have suffered over the years this is your time in the Sun and deservedly so.



    yea Jim, leave it on but lets move on! maybe we should set up a fake thread to attract the trolls and then discuss things sensibly on another one! 😉

    My money is on Neymar being announced as a new signing by 6:30pm today!



    Yaya is the main current player who will be affected, Nasri will probably have another resurgence when back from injury and then fade again after 6 months



    I assume you are kidding. Neymar by 6.30,! More chance of me coming up on the premium bonds



    😀 I didn’t want to be silly and say Messi! 😉


    Brian blue

    Jim..leave it on because the guy obviously does not know how Utd have been paying millions for years, in fact I think they are the founder of the big spend league.
    This appointment will hurt them more than any signing we make because it confirms that Utd are no longer the club they were and City are building for the future not for shareholders to make a few bob


    Brian blue

    Thank you , Nine, nine, nine…..we will get better I am sure but football is strange and anything can happen so I will not be saying we will win everything, even with Pep but it is sure going to be fun watching what emerges. Final thought, thank you MP I am sure you will look after us until the end of the season



    I like Pellegrini…and whilst I’m gutted we didn’t win the title a couple of seasons back, I’m glad it went to his team (though obviously, I hope he’s on the receiving end of another Liverpool beating this season when Wembley comes calling :o) Anyhoo, seems like a dignified way to deal with his departure and the new arrival. Certainly, given how things can be (Moyes knows about that) there were far worse ways to deal with this.

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