City And Guardiola - The Perfect Match?

Last updated : 14 January 2013 By Footy Mad - Editor

Paul Hayward, talking in SKY TV The Sunday Supplement:-


"Guardiola said the other day he will definitely return to management in the summer and logically that return will come in the Premier League.

"Manchester City and Guardiola makes a lot of sense. City will deny it, I'm sure, but at the same time City have regressed quite a bit this season.

"They were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages and if they surrender their title back to Manchester United then Mancini is in real trouble.

"It doesn't matter how many defenders he's got in the ground at the Etihad stadium, that's a regression and if there's a regression with that amount of money involved then his job is on the line.

"Guardiola is the most sought after manager in world football, without moving a muscle, and I think City would go for him if they gave up on Mancini."

Independent and Evening Standard columnist Patrick Barclay:-

"City have developed a policy of long termism.

"City are very serious about laying down roots and being around for a long, long time and eventually becoming the best team in Manchester on a long term basis.

"They've also brought in two former very senior Barcelona executives at the Etihad [Chief Executive Ferran Soriano and Director of Football Txiki Begiristain] which is interesting."

Daily Mirror's Oliver Holt:-

"City fans are right to chant Mancini's name because he's achieved an awful lot there.

"He's won them their first title for many decades and their loyalty to him is to be admired. But I don't think he'll be there at the start of next season.

"Not getting out of their Champions League group was a big failure and even though the City hierarchy have been loyal to him, his time is running out.

"Guardiola is hot property and I think he'd look at City and see a club that has a plan, a structure, who are looking to the future with their new campus."