Pep Guardiola doesn’t intend to have a say on Manchester City’s next manager. Guardiola’s deal with Manchester City expires at the end of the 24/25 season. Respected journalist Lu Martin has reported that Guardiola will leave the treble winners at the end of his current contract.
The City manager was asked if he would help decide the next manager of Manchester City. Speaking before City’s match with Brighton Guardiola said he wouldn’t be involved in the process unless the club asked his opinion. He told the media: “It’s not my business. Except if the Chairman asks me for my opinion, I’ll give my opinion. But it’s not my business.” He also said it isn’t in his job description to help decide City’s next manager adding: ‘But I don’t take the decisions, you know that, because I’m a manager. At the moment I want to be a sporting director, I will take the decision.”
James Ducker of the Telegraph reported yesterday that Guardiola had said that Roberto De Zerbi was the next Manchester City manager. When asked about that subject Guardiola said he couldn’t remember saying it. He said: “I don’t remember that. Maybe I have bad memory but I’m sure Roberto can train in any team around the world. I don’t have any doubt, I don’t remember saying that to the players. I remember saying before he arrived, one or two games in, about sustaining the manager, but I don’t remember saying that honestly.”
It will be a club decision as to who replaces Pep when he does decide to leave the treble winners. Given the era of success Guardiola has led at the Etihad, it will be no easy task to replace him when that time does come.