Pep Guardiola is grateful for the patience of Manchester City’s hierarchy.
Unable to secure a major trophy during his first year at the Etihad Stadium, the celebrated manager admits that he could’ve felt uneasy — or more uneasy — about the lack of success.
But Man City should still qualify for the UEFA Champions League, barring a monumental collapse, and it’s allowing Guardiola to discuss the disappointment of his debut campaign.
“In my situation at a big club, I’m sacked. I’m out,” said the Catalan.
“If it is Barcelona and Bayern you don’t win and you are out. Here I have a second chance and I will try to do it better next season.”
Now if we’re honest, Guardiola’s reputation has done more than enough to assure he’d get more than a season at just about any club in the world. Yet it’s worth noting that the Spanish boss knows what must be done in year two, and it involves some shiny stuff.