City trying to make Guardiola their own Cruyff: Pep signs an extension

City trying to make Guardiola their own Cruyff: Pep signs an extension

Recently, some media houses reported that Manchester City are looking into Mauricio Pochettino and Julian Nagelsman as the only two candidates to replace Pep Guardiola as his contract ends in the summer. But the club has denied those rumours the strongest they can - by signing an extension with the manager that will keep him at the Etihad until 2023.

Guardiola signed a two-year extension that will keep him in the north of England for seven years as he arrived in 2016. City's leadership has hence shown stability and wisdom to give the club the continuity that few squads posses across European football. It's the longest commitment Pep has made as a manager.

Club chairman Khaldoon Mubarak in a way suggested that the executives have a plan of integrating Guardiola's philosophy into the club the same way Johan Cruyff did at Barcelona.

"It is testament to the qualities of the man that Pep Guardiola’s passion and intelligent approach are now woven into the very fabric of the football we play and our culture as Club. That impact has been central to our success during his tenure and it is why I am delighted that he shares our view that there is so much more to be achieved both on and off the field," said Mubarak.

Overall the team has won 181 of the 245 matches under Pep's charge – a win rate of 73.87 per cent – winning a piece of silverware every 31 games he has led them in.

"Pep’s contract extension is the natural next step in a journey which has evolved over many years. It is a product of the mutual trust and respect that exists between him and the entire club. It also goes to the stability and creativity at the heart of our football operations. Importantly it is a validation of the football structure and philosophy that has been built over more than a decade and to which he has contributed so much," continued the head man of the club.

Guardiola spoke about the support he is getting, stating that he has everything he needs to succeed.

"Ever since I arrived at Manchester City I have been made to feel so welcome in the Club and in the city itself- from the players, the staff, the supporters, the people of Manchester and the Chairman and Owner. Since then we have achieved a great deal together, scored goals, won games and trophies, and we are all very proud of that success. Having that kind of support is the best thing any manager can have. I have everything I could possibly want to do my job well and I am humbled by the confidence the owner, chairman, Ferran and Txiki have shown in me to continue for two more years after this season," said Pep. 

City's Guardiola has picked up quite the array of records over these four and a half years

Most points: 100

Most wins: 32

Most home wins: 18

Most away wins: 16

Most consecutive wins: 18

Most consecutive away wins: 11

Biggest title-winning margin: 19 points

Most goals: 107

Best goal difference: +79

The 2019/2020 season, as disappointing as it was, saw Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus, and Riyad Mahrez all score at least 10 goals - the first in the history of the Premier League five players from the same team have hit double figures.


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