Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has told the media he will stay at the club if they are relegated to League One or worse. The European champions are currently facing 115 charges from the Premier League for breaching Financial Fairplay rules. Since Everton was found guilty and suffered a 10-point deduction Manchester City’s case has been a topic of discussion since the Everton verdict.
The City manager was asked in his pre-game press conference before City’s clash with Liverpool if he would stay at the club if they were relegated from the Premier League if found guilty. Guardiola issued a defiant response. He told the media: “Wait until it’s decided, and I’ll tell you then. You’re questioning me like we have been punished. At the moment, we’re innocent. There is more chance I will stay if we are in League One than if we win the Champions League.”
Pep Guardiola also added that Manchester City haven’t been found guilty yet. He added: “I know people are saying, ‘Why don’t City go to the Conference’. But let’s wait. It’s two different cases, it’s not the same. One of them is longer, it’s more complicated. Why should I not believe (we are innocent)? It’s the lawyers to make the defence in front of the judge. I didn’t change my opinion, we wait and after we accept the resolutions.”
Pep Guardiola has defended Manchester City ever since the charges were announced. A resolution isn’t expected for some time due to the complex nature of the case. Despite this Manchester City’s guilt has been presumed in some quarters while they await the chance to defend themselves against the charges.
The City manager has been steadfast in his loyalty to his club. Pep and his squad have continued on winning trophies despite the significant background noise.