Pep Guardiola Officially Named Next Manchester City Manager

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured Columnist

Bayern Munich's coach Spanish Josep Guardiola looks on during a training session at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens on September 15, 2015, on the eve of the Champions League group F football match Bayern Munich versus Olympiakos. AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS        (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has been confirmed as Manchester City's next manager and will join the club for the 2016-17 Premier League season. He was previously linked to Manchester United and Chelsea.

Continue for updates.

City Confirm Pep Capture

Monday, Feb. 1

The Sky Blues announced that Manuel Pellegrini will leave his post at the end of the current campaign and will be replaced by Guardiola.

Man City Reportedly Plan Pep Unveiling in Asia

Sunday, Jan. 31

"City hope to unveil Guardiola on a pre-season tour of China," reported Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror.

Mullock continued:

Sunday Mirror Sport understands the Blues will head to the Far East this summer as part of the £265 million deal that saw investment giants China Media Capital buy a 13 per cent stake in the club last month.

The belief at the Etihad is that Guardiola will be installed as manager for a trip that is seen as vital to City’s ambition to become the favourite team of a nation with a population of 1.35 billion.

Guardiola Talks Denied by Manchester United

Friday, Jan. 22

United rejected claims they recently met with Guardiola in France, per Rob Harris of the Associated Press.

The denial came after it was reported "the Red Devils met with the Bayern manager last week in Paris in an attempt to persuade him to join their club," per George Bellshaw of Metro, citing an article from France Football's Thierry Marchand (h/t L'Equipe).

Report: Chelsea Snubbed by Pep

Wednesday, Jan. 6

"[Guardiola] has already said no to Chelsea, who called him before they sacked Jose Mourinho and appointed Guus Hiddink last month,reported Antony Kastrinakis of the Sun.

Guardiola Can Lead City to European Success

The Spaniard has had great domestic success with Bayern since taking up the post at the Allianz Arena in 2013. But despite winning back-to-back German titles, he has so far been unable to add to the two Champions Leagues he won as manager of Barcelona.

He will be confident of doing so at City, where the club's ample transfer budget, quality academy and training facilities give him an excellent chance of replicating his Blaugrana success.

City have never won a European Cup, so history is there to be made, particularly while United continue to toil in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.


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