Pep Guardiola confirmed as Manchester City manager for 2016/17 season
Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City boss during the summer
February 1st, 2016
The worst-kept secret in football is now out of the bag. Manuel Pellegrini finished Monday’s press conference with the headline news that he will be stepping down at Manchester City this June.
It was widely considered that the Chilean was in his final season at the Etihad Stadium, with City having pursued and effectively landed Pep Guardiola several months ago, with the Spaniard’s time at Bayern Munich coming to an end.
Guardiola will arrive at City with a glowing reputation having won three La Liga titles with Barcelona, two Champions Leagues with the Catalan side and consecutive Bundesliga titles with Bayern.
However, the Champions League has so far eluded Guardiola after two semi-final defeats with the Bavarian side and this season will be a final chance to claim Europe’s ultimate price at the Allianz Arena.
A City statement read: “Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC head coach for the 16/17 EPL season onwards.
“The contract is for three years. These negotiations were a recommencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.
“Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation.
“Manuel Pellegrini, who is fully supportive of the decision to make this communication now, is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead and retain the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the club.”