Pep Guardiola will find it difficult to be successful at Manchester City in the short-term

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They got the man they wanted Manchester City, but the fans are going to be disappointed if they think Pep Guardiola will bring instant success to the club. 

If you have one of the best managers in world football at the club and shed loads of cash to back your ideas, you would think everything would be looking rosy for City. 

Instead, they face one of the most exciting, yet difficult roads to success since Sheikh Mansour took over the club in 2008. 


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When Mansour took over the club eight years ago, the Sky Blues were about to embark on a huge change of fortunes. 

It wasn't easy, though, after all, the Manchester club finished 10th in the first season under the new owners, despite spending over £120 million. 

Of course, throwing money at the problem wasn't going to bring City instant glory, the club had a squad that finished 10th, 9th, 14th, 15th, 8th, 16th and 9th in the previous seven seasons. In 2002, they were promoted from the Division One (what we call the Championship now) to the Premier League. 

The oil-rich owners had to wait four years for their first Premier League. Undoubtedly, the squad now certainly possesses higher quality than it did over eight years ago, but that doesn't mean there doesn't have to be major surgery. 

When the Sky Blues won their first title in 2012, they had built a squad over four years. That had moulded the spine that we see today in Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure, David Silva and Sergio Aguero. 

Now some of those players are declining, they need to start again. But how do you go about it?

Do you move on five or ten players who are ageing and look past their best and then replace them with ten new names and hope they click? 

Sky pundit Jamie Carragher thinks so, as quoted by The Mirror: "This is a team who even last season we talked about as a great team just coming over the hill. They have the oldest squad in the Premier League behind West Brom, who don't play two games a week.

"Even some of the great players at City don't have it in them to keep going. This has been coming.

"Pep Guardiola will be watching thinking 'initially, I need three or four players', but I think they might need seven or eight."


In that scenario, you're hoping all the new players gel quickly and can win you the title. Nevertheless, we have seen at Liverpool and Tottenham in recent years how squad overhauls struggle to work, but we've also seen at Southampton how it can be done efficiently. 

The other method would be to sign three or four high-quality players to add to the squad to fix major issues. A centre-back, central midfielder, a full back and cover for Aguero for instance. 

This might not fix areas such as the wide areas when Kevin De Bruyne or Raheem Sterling get injured. Plus, City could probably do with signing more than one full-back and centre-half. 

This means Guardiola won't have the ideal squad he wants initially and therefore, may not get the ideal results. However, if he makes wholesale changes and not many of them come off, they could face an even bigger rebuilding project the following summer. 

So, the Bayern boss might not get the instant success in the first season, but bear with him, because eventually he might build the new spine City have been craving for. 


The challenges don't stop there for Guardiola. Throughout his career, he has managed in leagues with competition that doesn't even come close to the Premier League.

Yes, Real Madrid aren't easy to fend off, but it only requires one slip for their rivals and they can run away with the title. 

In Germany, the competition is even less fierce, with Borussia Dortmund the only team contesting and Bayern often buy Dortmund's best players anyway. 

He will be shocked to see how difficult the Premier League is. You only have to look at Leicester, Tottenham and West Ham this season. Three teams who finished outside the top four last campaign and all could potentially be amongst Europe's elite next season. 

The huge TV deal will kick in next season, allowing the smaller sides to purchase even better players. West Ham signed Dimitri Payet last summer while Stoke signed Xherdan Shaqiri, so expect the small clubs to be even more ambitious next year. 


Guardiola will be used to pressure. You don't last at Barcelona and Bayern Munich long without being able to deal with it. 

Yet, now the Spanish manager will be desperate to prove he can cut it in England and people still have their doubts about him. 

Despite creating one of the best teams in the modern era at Barcelona and on the verge of winning a hat-trick of Bundesliga titles, the public want to see how he can cut it in a highly competitive league. 

The supporters won't be the only ones demanding success, the owners have targeted Guardiola for some time now. All their plans and investment that has gone into the squad, the stadium and the training complex has all been built for the former Barcelona boss. 

The pressure is on Guardiola to succeed and with an ageing squad to rebuild, people will have to be patient to see huge success, but patience in the modern era is a very dangerous word. 

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