Pep has vowed he will stay at Man City despite the outcome of the Champions League ban. But will he sign a new extension beyond 2021?
A lot of drama floating around the Etihad at the moment. Besides the club using the stadium to good use during the time of the COVID-19 crises, there has been a number of other events that have hit the club.
The club’s battle with Uefa continues to go down to the wire with their fate being decided very soon on the matter. Other than this, the return of football also signals the potential loss of their Premier League crown to log leaders, Liverpool.
They sit 25 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s men but have already brought home two pieces of silverware for the 2019-2020 campaign. The FA Community Shield and the EFL Cup. The other bragging right they own over the rest of their English counterparts, Champions League qualification looks good.
They currently lead their round of 16 fixture against Real Madrid by two goals to one after the first leg. Of the four English clubs participating, they are the only club who could still progress to the next knockout round.
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Pep’s situation is worrying
Other than this, their biggest in-house problem at the moment is Pep and trying to tie him up with another contract extension. To not have one of the world’s best manager’s in your corner is a problem.
Not being able to tie down one of the best managers in the world for a long term is another issue on its own. Pep’s contract and current deal with Manchester City runs out at the end of 2021. Pep is known to always honour his deals at all the clubs he takes over at, and will treat his time in the City the same.
After signing with the English club in 2016, he renewed his deal in 2018, keeping him at the Etihad till 2021. Since then, nothing has been discussed and the idea of Pep leaving is ripe. Talks of a Barcelona reunion have already begun.
Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he is ready to stand in next year’s elections and has admitted he would love to bring back current Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola as coach. (Via: standard.co.uk)
Man City still top favourites with Pep
With Guardiola leading the way, plus the squad he controls, they still have to be considered Liverpool’s closest title rivals in the modern-day. If he leaves, it will make room for one of the other top-six sides to rally the Reds for premiership glory.
Man City will find it hard to recover with life post Pep. Not many managers have been able to do what he and Jurgen Klopp has done. The two are arguably the best in the business. Like Liverpool, if you want to compete at the highest level you must keep the best happy and in your corner.
Do you think Pep Guardiola will re-sign with Man City? Or will this be his final act until 2021 and his back-to-back Premier League winning run was his last piece of greatness in England?