City fans pay their respects to Pellegrini.

Pep Guardiola's shambolic announcement as manager could be Manchester City's undoing

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It's been nearly two weeks since Manchester City confirmed that Pep Guardiola would be taking over as manager at the end of the season following months of speculation regarding the Spaniard's future.

The Citizens were always favourites to sign the 45-year-old given his close relationship with the club's director of football, Txiki Begiristain, and chief executive Ferran Soriano, but with Chelsea and Manchester United also on the lookout for a new manager, rumours continued to circulate.

However, the announcement was beyond unprofessional - a deliberate spanner in the operations of manager Manuel Pellegrini - not to mention insufferably arrogant.


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It was precisely the sort of behaviour that brings out the worst in wealthy football clubs. How did Pellegrini feel, I wonder, when newspapers were suggesting - and correctly so - that the Guadiola move was all but a done deal amidst his bid to win City the Premier League title?

When it was finally revealed the former Barcelona manager would be at the Etihad's helm next season, Pellegrini proved influential in spreading the news, behaving like a gentleman and professional throughout.

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When asked if the appointment had been a distraction ahead of their defeat to Leicester City last Saturday, the Chilean answered: "It would be very easy for me to say yes."

He didn't have to say yes, though - it was obvious from the way his players performed against the Foxes that Pellegrini's confirmed departure was having an effect. City's stars were languid and wasteful throughout, whilst Claudio Ranieri's men looked sharp and deserving of their victory.


Clearly, the news had been a massive distraction and it all stemmed from Guardiola’s initial presumptuous announcement. It was unfair to City's players and Pellegrini himself, who now face the task of challenging for the Premier League in the knowing big change is imminent.

In an ideal world more respect and professionalism would be shown, yet that just isn't the case when success and money rules.

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