Although Manchester City hardly provided the Premier League with its biggest set of spenders throughout the course of the January transfer window, the Etihad faithful were dealt their fair share of breaking news yesterday when Pep Guardiola’s upcoming summer appointment at their club was finally made official.
The former Barcelona head-coach will see out the remainder of the season with Bayern Munich, and although Manuel Pellegrini has been handed the rough end of the deal, the man currently tasked with manning the Man City dug-out will depart the Etihad in the summer once Guardiola eventually makes his much anticipated arrival.
So in light of all the recent drama and sensation surrounding the 45-year-old Bayern boss, will Pep Guardiola launch a new era of success at Manchester City and turn these hopeful Premier League title contenders into an out-and-out force across Europe.
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Whilst it takes a lot more than simply landing the biggest names possible to guarantee success at your club, the upcoming appointment of Pep Guardiola will provide the Etihad faithful with enough excitement to likely keep them satisfied throughout the rest of the campaign.
Alongside the recently displaced Jose Mourinho, Guardiola represents the most desirable name in world management at the moment, despite only operating at clubs with a huge amount of resources on offer behind the scenes, and enough talented players to keep the wheels turning in rather successful style.
The current Bayern Munich head-coach clearly knows what it takes to succeed on Europe’s grandest stage, the style of football adopted by his respective teams has been rather captivating and as the Spaniard has worked with the most impressive plethora of talent available, Guardiola’s links across the European circuit could come in very handy for City throughout the upcoming summer transfer window.
Yet although many Manchester City fans are quite understandably over the moon with this recent appointment at their club – especially as Pep Guardiola has supposedly selected them over arch rivals Manchester United in recent weeks – does Manuel Pellegrini really deserve to be cast aside under such unceremonious circumstances at the end of the season?
Getting some of the most over-priced and well-paid players in the world to work effectively with one another on a consistent basis has been something that Manchester City have arguably struggled with for years now. Although Guardiola certainly possesses a reputation worthy of developing something truly incredible at the Etihad, he possibly won’t fare any better than Pellegrini upon his initial introduction within the Premier League.
But as this is the manager who oversaw one of Barcelona’s most decorated eras not too long ago, Pep Guardiola has far more potential to build an impressive legacy with Manchester City, as opposed to the ageing and often forgettable figure of Manuel Pellegrini.
As all clubs must sacrifice in order to grow successfully with future plans on the horizon, it seems the Etihad boardroom have indeed made the right call behind the scenes this winter – with an exciting new era seemingly waiting round the corner for Manchester City and highly coveted Pep Guardiola himself.