No fu­ture at City for Pep if no tro­phy

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Pep Guardi­ola in­di­cated on Fri­day his ten­ure as Manch­ester City man­ager will not be a long one if his first sea­son in charge ends with­out a tro­phy.

Sheikh Man­sour, the club’s owner, gave Guardi­ola his full sup­port when they met in Abu Dhabi last month, and there is no sug­ges­tion he faces the sack if he fails to win a tro­phy this sea­son.

How­ever, Guardi­ola is aware of the de­mands for suc­cess at City, whose chief ex­ec­u­tive, Fer­ran So­ri­ano, set a tar­get of five tro­phies in five years for Manuel Pel­le­grini, the pre­vi­ous man­ager.

Pel­le­grini man­aged to win three in three sea­sons, se­cur­ing the Pre­mier League ti­tle once and the League Cup twice, but it was not enough to save his job.

Guardi­ola’s hopes of win­ning the Pre­mier League this sea­son are dim as they are 10 points be­hind lead­ers Chelsea with 11 games to play.

The 46-year-old Spa­niard’s best hope of a tro­phy will come else­where; with his team se­cur­ing an FA Cup semi-fi­nal place af­ter beat­ing Mid­dles­brough 2-0 yesterday, four days be­fore the sec­ond leg Last 16 Cham­pi­ons League visit to Monaco.

City lead 5-3 af­ter the first-leg. “If I have no sil­ver­ware, I will not be here for a long time,” Guardi­ola ad­mit­ted.

“I know how it was af­ter six, seven months here to­gether with my pe­ri­ods at Barcelona and Bay­ern Mu­nich.

“We will be judged on the re­sults, and peo­ple an­a­lyse the games and what we have done dur­ing the sea­son. With no sil­ver­ware, it will not be a good sea­son. I knew that in Au­gust,” added Guardi­ola, who guided Barcelona to two Cham­pi­ons League tro­phies in 2009 and 2011.

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