Pep Guardiola Is He A Great Manager?
If Pep Guardiola signs a new contract with Manchester City then it will be his longest managerial stint at any club. He is a perfectionist and when things aren't going his way he lets everyone know about it. Look at his reaction on Sunday thanking the referees as he just made a fool of himself. Being sarcastic by thanking them for a job well done was not exactly a classy thing to do.
Pep's record before arriving at Manchester City. Impressive yes, but look what teams he was managing. It is like someone going to manage Celtic in Scotland as you know you are just going to win everything.
Pep Spent 4 years in charge of Barcelona and won numerous trophies with a side that was strong already. Sure he added to what they had already but I am saying the team was already firing and just needed to be managed. 2 champions League trophies, 3 La Liga titles,3 Copa del Rey,2 Spanish Super Cups plus the FIFA World Club Cup twice. Basically everything in sight over his 4 years there and there were no challenges left.
At Bayern Munich he was there for 3 years and a similar story as they won the Bundesliga 3 years in a row plus the DFB Pokal twice which is the German domestic knockout trophy ,the FIFA World Club Cup Championship and the UEFA Super Cup. There was nothing left except for the Champions League which was not happening as his old club was still firing on all cylinders.
Does he buy his titles?
Moving to Manchester City with what looks like a never ending budget he has been there now nearly 4 seasons. In that time he has won the league twice out of three attempts as the fourth is happening currently. The team has won 5 other trophies in the domestic competitions, but no Champions League titles.
Sort your defence out and stick these guys up front and you should win more than you lose. He had quality players under him and bought whoever he wanted.
Some say he buys his trophies by assembling a very strong squad. He did inherit quite a few though and had a base to work from initially. Maybe not as solid as the previous teams he has managed, but still fairly decent. This is his fourth season and must register as a failure in his eyes if no Champions League Trophy or the English Premiership title is bought home to the Ethiad Stadium. It is looking more likely than ever this year as they are now sitting in the 4th spot in the league and have had a steady start, but not fantastic.
Things not going quite his way this season and possibly should have spent a few £100 Million more.
I think he will stay on as this is his toughest challenge and a job that is nowhere near finished. The other clubs he was given to run were strong already and was wondering if and what differences he made that possibly another manager wouldn't have. In Germany Bayern have been dominant for as long as I can remember and it is no shocks to see them win the title with a 100 percent record under him.
Is he that good as his name alone attracts players who want to win silverware. Personally I think what Jurgen Klopp has done with Liverpool on a far less budget is more impressive than what Pep has done. Jurgen was never at the top team like Pep as he was at Borussia Dortmund in Germany and gave Bayern a run for their money.
The impression he gave to me when I saw his reaction after the game was someone who expects and has had a lot of the trophies and glory handed to him on a silver platter and now he is having to work for it. If he is as good as everyone thinks then he should bring either the champions League or the Premiership Title to Manchester this season. I do have my doubts that he is as gifted as what everyone thinks and has just been very lucky with the teams he has taken on.