Ferdinand details ‘big problem’ Man City face amid Guardiola uncertainty

Date published: Sunday 1st November 2020 3:01 - Steve Pearson

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Rio Ferdinand believes Man City could be about to face a “big problem” facilitated by Pep Guardiola so far refusing to extend his contract with the club.

Man City have already dropped seven points as they aim to retake their seat at the top of English football.

Their performances so far have lacked their usual intensity, with an unusual lack of cutting edge in the final third summing up their season so far.

One potential explanation behind their sluggish start has been speculated to be the uncertainty surrounding their manager’s future.

Guardiola’s current deal in Manchester expires at the end of the season. As of yet, no extension has speculated to be in the works across the media.

Leaving it late to make a decision is not uncommon for Guardiola, though BT Sport pundit Ferdinand believes the situation may lead to a “big problem” for the club in the transfer market.

When asked if the lack of clarity could be affecting the team, Ferdinand said: “I was never really in that position as a player – obviously Sir Alex Ferguson was always fully committed and wore his heart on his sleeve in that respect.

“But Pep is a different animal, a different character and what is more important is what he is relaying to the players. I think if he’s speaking to the players and he’s filling them with confidence, then it’s okay.

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“But the big problem with the club in the wider picture will be recruitment because if they’re talking to potential players that they’re trying to get hold of in January or the following window, if I’m that player I’m saying: ‘I’m only coming if Pep’s there,’ or: ‘I want to know who’s going to be next in charge before I make my decision and commit.’

“The bigger picture is probably the bigger question but I think his history suggests that he does make late decisions on his contracts and where he wants to go. Man City will probably know that and be very well aware of that.

“Who wouldn’t want that guy in their dugout?”


Guardiola tactics a “nightmare” – Walker

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Meanwhile, Kyle Walker admitted that Man City’s tactics are a “nightmare” for defenders after scoring the winner in the 1-0 win over Sheffield United.

Walker marked his 100th Premier League appearance for City with the only goal of the game against his former club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola’s team deservedly took the lead in the 28th minute and it was Sheffield-born former Blade Walker who scored.

City had seen a host of chances pass them by, with Aaron Ramsdale making a fine save from point-blank range to deny Ferran Torres shortly before, but Walker’s shot from 25 yards out skidded off the rain-sodden surface and into the bottom corner of the net.

Read Walker’s full comments on the victory and Pep here.


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