Pep Guardiola admits he thought he may have paid the price for Manchester City‘s title failure last season with the sack. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is set to claim his first Premier League crown, with victory at Everton on Saturday potentially putting City 19 points clear of nearest rivals Manchester United with only 21 to play for. Yet little over 12 months ago the Spaniard was sweating on his future at the Etihad. Read more Allardyce jokes £350m outlay behind Guardiola’s City success Last season’s clash at Goodison Park in January 2017 was a different story to now, with City losing 4-0 despite dominating the play and going on to finish in third place, 15 points behind champions Chelsea. Guardiola has now confessed he was concerned his methods weren’t working and that he may be sacrificed as part of the City owners’ relentless pursuit of dominance. “Of course. I thought ‘If it doesn’t work, I’ll go … [Read more...] about Pep Guardiola feared losing his job after first season in charge at Manchester City
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Sam Allardyce joked Manchester City's "£350m" transfer outlay might be behind their improvement this season as his Everton side look to keep their unbeaten run against Pep Guardiola's side going. Runaway league leaders City head to Goodison Park 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League standings and knowing they are on the verge of wrapping up the title in Guardiola's second campaign. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager won no trophies during his maiden term, with Everton's 4-0 thrashing over City last January one of the lowest points during a season where Guardiola's side finished fourth in the top flight. Read more Allardyce coy over talk Wilshere could join Everton in the summer Asked whether City's form this term was a result of Guardiola's adaptation to the Premier League or his players learning from him, Allardyce quipped: "And £350m... that will have a bit to do with it! "In all fairness, the money's been really well spent. It's a lot of money … [Read more...] about Sam Allardyce jokes £350m outlay behind Pep Guardiola’s success at Manchester City
Good Friday’s football stories link City with Real Madrid man..... Don’t miss the latest football transfer news and gossip from leagues in England, Scotland and Europe with footballwire.co.ukDaily Mirror: Manchester City believe they can sign Real Madrid midfielder Isco for £75m.The Sun: Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have also shown interest in the Spaniard.AS: Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is being lined up by Bayern Munich should Robert Lewandowski force through a move to Real Madrid.Daily Telegraph: Arsenal have made central defence and midfield their priority amid uncertainty over Jack Wilshere’s future.The Sun: Hatem Ben Arfa will leave Paris St Germain at the end of the season and has been linked with Leicester City.Daily Mirror: West Ham United are confident of signing Russia captain, striker Fyodor Smolov, from Krasnodar.The Sun: Liverpool will step up contract talks with Under-17 World Cup winner Rhian Brewster, whose deal runs out in the summer. … [Read more...] about Gossip: Manchester City’s Spanish acquisition?
James Rodriguez will snub Premier League interest to stay at Bayern Munich. The Colombian is in the first of a two year loan spell with the German giants. There have been suggestions he could complete a permanent deal elsewhere this summer, with Chelsea and Manchester United both long-term admirers. But the Sun reports he wants to stay in the Bundesliga and will turn down interest from the Premier League to do so. Looks like he won't be on these shores anytime soon then. Transfer news and gossip from the Daily Mirror Manchester City are growing confident of landing Real Madrid star Isco in a £75million deal . Manchester United are ready to take advantage of the breakdown in contract talks between Samuel Umtiti and Barcelona . West Ham are confident of sealing a £15million move for Krasnodar and Russia striker Fyodor Smolov. Other news Pep Guardiola has been hailed as the “Che Guevara of football” for revolutionising the English game with Manchester City. … [Read more...] about James Rodriguez to snub Premier League interest ‘to stay with Bayern Munich’
Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt has reignited his feud with Pep Guardiola, claiming the Manchester City manager “knows everything better.” The former Bayern Munich doctor parted ways with the German giants after a well-publicised fallout with then coach Guardiola. He quit after 38 years at the club - claiming his medical department was blamed for a Champions League defeat to Porto in 2015. And in an interview with ZDF, he revisited his relationship with Guardiola. “Pep overestimates,” he said. “He knows everything better. “I was too big for him. I had support in the club, support from the team. “He cannot stand it when one is on par. “He said he can make me a commander. He took every opportunity to dupe me.” Muller-Wohlfahrt claims he was a "total fan" of Guardiola to begin with, but knew there were issues after just three days working with the Catalan. The Porto incident was the tipping point. He added: “There was a very … [Read more...] about Pep Guardiola duped me, Bayern Munich doctor claims