Manchester Evening News



PEP Guardiola is confident City will move on from the departure of Omar Berrada after seeing his longtime colleague swap the Etihad for Old Trafford.

Berrada’s shock appointmen­t as United’s new chief executive has been hailed as a coup for the new INEOS regime and City have lost a key figure in their rise to the top of the world game.

The Paris-born executive worked with Guardiola at Barcelona, where he was head of sponsorshi­ps, but in nearly a decade at City he had graduated to the role of chief football operations officer, helping director of football Txiki Begiristai­n and chief executive

Ferran Soriano.

But the lure of the top job at United was too much to turn down for Berrada, who has already stopped working at City and will take up post at Old Trafford in the summer.

“I wish him all the best and good luck so he changes his street. He has been an important person, the right hand to Ferran, he decide for himself and the club move forward, will find the right person to move forward,” said Guardiola.

The appointmen­t of a footballfo­cused chief executive is a change of approach from United under the minority ownership of INEOS and a signal that Sir Jim

Ratcliffe is serious about his ambition to return the club to the top of the game.

Guardiola said City were determined to keep the best staff in place at the Etihad but added turnover at the club in backroom roles wasn’t uncommon.

“I don’t know the ideas from Manchester United, we will try and keep the best persons here but it can happen,” he said. “When I arrive here years ago, come quite often, now I don’t recognise one face. People change jobs a lot. We were quite happy with Omar. He decided for himself to leave.”

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