26/08/2021; 10:34 AM By : Steven D. Thompson
With the Champions League eluding him since he left Barcelona, 2023 will bring Pep Guardiola’s stay at City to seven years.
Pep Guardiola has stunned the football world by announcing his intention to quit club football when his current contract expires.
It’s been a tough summer for Pep Guardiola despite acquiring one of England’s brightest players - Jack Grealish for a British record fee of £100 million. The Spaniard has spent over £900 million since he arrived at the Etihad and has won everything on offer in England, but the UEFA Champions League has eluded him.
He was able to lead his team to the final of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League, where he fell to the sword of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea.
Now Manchester City’s most successful coach wants to pack it in for a relatively less stressful role of managing a national team.
Pep Guardiola’s contract will expire in two years, and the Spaniard has stunned the football world by announcing that he will be leaving his role as manager of the club when his current contract expires.
As per Sky Sports, the manager dropped the bombshell on a day that Kane announced his intention to remain at Spurs. He further declared that in his next role, he wants to manage a national team.
His stay at City is the longest he has stayed at any club, and at the expiration of his current contract, he would take a break and move to international management.
It will be interesting to see which national team he decides to go with or perhaps he could change his mind before then.
Guardiola joined Manchester City in 2016, and five years later, he has conquered the whole of England, winning every trophy in the land.
It wasn’t all smooth and rosy in his first season, where he ended trophyless and managed to finish third to qualify the team for Champions League.
The following season saw him obliterate all before him to win the league and the EFL Cup. Further success came the next season in which he won every trophy in the land, which included the league, FA Cup, EFL Cup and the community shield cementing his status as a City legend.
He lost the league to Liverpool the following season before winning it again in the 2020/21 season.
The Spaniard has won ten trophies while on the blue side of Manchester, three Premier League titles, the FA Cup, four successive Carabao Cups and two Community Shields.
He was denied the icing on the cake after losing to Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League final.