Whatever is good and worthy, Manchester City wants it. Immediately the Arabian owners assumed full ownership of ‘Blue Manchester’, they looked around for the best player available as at then, he was Robinho and the Citizens made it a point of duty to get the Brazilian even though Chelsea were in pole position to sign him for most of that summer.
This time Manchester City are not looking to sign a player but a manager, well, not signing in the real sense of it but to lure him to the Etihad whenever he becomes available. The manager is currently handling German outfit Bayern Munich and his name is Pep Guardiola. In his new book ‘Pep Confidential’ the Spaniard claimed that after he left the Catalan giants, he had the choice to join either of Manchester City and Chelsea. He also implied that he was also courted by Manchester United at a period when Sir Alex Ferguson was wrapping up his time with the Old Trafford outfit.
Manchester City were keen to put an end to Roberto Mancini’s era at the club and they have been the biggest fan of the Spaniard especially since Guardiola’s former team-mate Txiki Begiristain was appointed as the club’s director of football. A major setback in the Citizen’s quest is the fact that their favourite managerial option has indicated severally that he hopes to manage their bitter and city rivals Manchester United. More so the Spaniard has no business considering the Premier League until his contract with Bayern Munich expires by 2016.
Even after the whopping amount of money that the Etihad owners have expended, there is but one glory that eludes them, and that is the UEFA Champions League. The Citizens have the money and are never scared to break the bank once the need arises, in fact the Financial Fair play policy it was that restricted some of their outrageous bids of recent, so it is still unfathomable why they haven’t been able to land the Holy Grail of European football. Perhaps they are running out of patience and they believe that if a manager that has won the UCL before comes into the fray, he might just provide the much needed charge to help them achieve this feat, and Pep Guardiola has won it not just once but twice with Barcelona, so he does know what it takes to propel a team to European glory.
Another thing that can tempt Pep is that he works well when he has very prolific players as it was obvious in his exploits at Barcelona and now at Bayern Munich, so with the breath-taking financial capacity of City’s owner, Sheikh Mansour, the Spaniard might come handle things at the Etihad once they get rid of Mancini.
By Tomilayo Alapinni