The worst kept secret in the history of secret keeping was announced on deadline day and Manchester City fans were sent into raptures of excitement at the confirmation of Pep Guardiola taking over their club.
Having confirmed his departure from Bayern a few weeks ago, Guardiola’s future was, relatively, up in the air until this announcement and we have seen a huge amount of speculation throughout the first month of 2016 as each fan base dreamt of the ex-Barcelona manager coming to their club.
Well, City fans, you have your man. Guardiola will be managing Aguero, Sterling and de Bruyne next season and is likely to splash the cash in the market as he looks to replicate his success at Barcelona.
Certain players, Yaya Toure I’m thinking of you, will be worrying for their future, but the majority of the squad will be over come with the potential successes of next season.
Five things you didn’t know about Pep? Yeah, we’ve done it..
When nearing the end of his playing career, Pep was turned down by City. The ex-Barcelona player had been entering the twilight years of his career and the Sky Blues opted against bringing him in to add to their squad.
This was, obviously, quite a time before the signings like Robinho.
Similar to many Barcelona greats, Pep absolutely idolised Johan Cryuff throughout his playing career and, now, his ventures into management.
The Spaniard has succeeded in producing some equally iconic football and is hardly remembered for his contributions on the field.
In his pursuit of greatness, Pep has had no issues with challenging the biggest egos in the game – watch out Yaya!
Zlatan Ibrahimovic had to be pushed to the sidelines as Guardiola built the Messi-centred Barcelona dynasty and it took quite impressive man-management.
Guardiola, for all his brilliance, is, unfortunately, a massive Coldplay fan.
Sorry, guys, but we don’t think Oasis will be all that big on this news.
Some remarkable turn of events has seen Pep only win FIFA’s world coach of the year award once, in 2011.
Only FIFA could find a way to under value a genius of Pep’s calibre, but City will be sure to see the Spaniard win plenty more individual awards.