Stan Collymore has claimed that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will be “absolutely nowhere near” being considered as one of the top 10 best managers of all time.
Guardiola has won 30 trophies in his managerial career with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City.
That includes two Premier League titles, an FA Cup and three League Cups since taking charge at the Etihad in the summer of 2016.
However, having lost his league crown to Liverpool last term, the Spanish manager has now made the worst start to a season in his time as a coach.
City have taken just eight points from their opening five fixtures with two wins, two draws and a defeat. That leaves them 13th in league at this stage.
On the back of that, Collymore has been discussing the job Guardiola has done at City and how he will be remembered in England. And it’s fair to say that the former Aston Villa man is not impressed.
In a column for the Mirror, he said: “If someone gave me a really intensive driving course and then handed me the keys to Lewis Hamilton’s car I could make it drive fast round a track.
“Likewise, if someone gave me a billion pounds to spend on a football team, the odds are I could make it function well.
“So if Pep Guardiola were to win the Champions League with Manchester City this season it’d simply be par for the course.
“And if he were to leave the Etihad on the back of it next summer then he still wouldn’t have done anything in England to convince me he is the greatest manager of all time, as some under-30s would try to have me believe.
“In a decade or two, I don’t think we’ll even look back on Guardiola as one of the top 10 managers in football history.
“Top 20? Yes. But top 10, no. No.1? Absolutely nowhere near.”
Guardiola no man-motivator
Later in the column, Collymore explained what he thinks separates top level managers from times gone by from Guardiola.
He says that the ability to keep a team winning in the face of adversity is a key factor for him when judging how good a coach is. But City’s patchy form amid some injury problems is enough to tell Collymore that Guardiola is not capable of that.
“When I’m judging managers, I like to see how they get on when the chips are down, as they are at City right now with their injuries”, he added.
“And what we’re seeing from Guardiola’s side is one brilliant performance, one average and one not so good, which is less than you’d expect from a so-called super-motivator.
“If Guardiola is as good as people tell us he is then, with the back-up players he has got, his side would still be beating teams left, right and centre. But they haven’t, and that’s why I can only go so far as to say he is a very, very good modern manager.
“But he’s someone whose legacy, right now, does not compare with those of Clough and Ferguson.”