‘Pep will take City to a new level’
Khaldoon Al Mubarak feels Guardiola will make an instant impact
M anchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak believes the appointment of proven-winner Pep Guardiola will help “transform” the club in the coming years.
The 45-year-old signed a three-year contract with City and will be hoping to add to his incredible haul of trophies won at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
In his first managerial appointment he won three La Liga titles, two Champions Leagues and two Copa del Rey trophies among others at Barca before guiding Bayern Munich to three Bundesliga crowns and two German Cups.
Guardiola has already visited Manchester on a number of occasions and has met with director of football Txiki Begiristain, while he has also flown to Abu Dhabi to meet with his new chairman. And Al Mubarak is confident City have appointed a manager who will guarantee success when he starts work with the club on July 1. “I’m absolutely excited about Pep joining our team,” he told City TV. “I consider Pep to be one of the best, if not the best, managers in football. “We are getting a manager that epitomises, in my view, passion and commitment. “He’s a winner, he’s a proven winner, he has won professionally in every team he has coached, his record at Bayern Munich, his record at Barcelona, I think speaks for itself. “The trophies he’s won, every single club competition out there, from the Champions League to La Liga to the Bundesliga, to the respective cups.
“We are getting a proven winner, we are getting a passionate man, we are getting someone who I think will be an incredible asset to Manchester City.
“And I have no doubt that he will transform our team to a whole new level.”
Guardiola, whose first game in charge of City will be against former club Bayern Munich in a friendly at the Allianz Arena on July 20, will replace Manuel Pellegrini after the Chilean paid the price for an unsuccessful campaign.
Despite winning the Premier League title in his first season in charge, and collecting the League Cup, Al Mubarak revealed that a trophyless season was simply unacceptable.
He added: “I think all of us came with high expectations for this season, and at the end of the day, I cannot hide the disappointment of myself, obviously [club owner] Sheikh Mansour and the fans.”