‘I think Bielsa should take over’ – A Man City fan’s perfect replacement for Pep Guardiola

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A Manchester City fan has suggested that the club should replace Pep Guardiola with Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa as manager when he eventually leaves the Etihad.

The City boss is now in the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola, 49, took charge at City on an initial three-year deal in 2016 but extended that by a further two seasons in 2018.

Speculation over the Catalan’s next move will undoubtedly increase as the end of the contract nears 

While Guardiola extended terms for an extra year in May 2018, he insisted a new deal will only be offered if he proves deserving of one this season.

As Many believe this season could be Pep’s final year in charge at the Etihad, a City fan has revealed his idea for the perfect replacement for the Spaniard.

“I hope Pep stays on longer than this season. But he has to win the Champions League to be regarded as a success, in my opinion. It’s the trophy the club wants,”  said the city fans as quoted by talkSPORT.

“But, if he does go, I think Bielsa should take over and he should bring Bamford with him.”

Guardiola’s reign as City manager will be a tough act to follow, having won six major trophies in three-and-a-half seasons.

Guardiola met Bielsa in Argentina before becoming Barcelona B boss and has adopted many of his philosophies.

The Spanian has described Leeds United boss as “the most authentic manager” before his side’s trip to Elland Road.

“He is probably the person I admire the most in world football – as a manager and as a person,” said Guardiola. 

“He is the most authentic manager in terms of how he conducts his teams. He is unique. Nobody can imitate him, it’s impossible. 

“I don’t see him quite as much but when I get the pleasure to spend time with him, it’s always inspirational.”

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Pep Guardiola ‘open’ to new contract

After the Citizens were handed a two-year ban from European competitions by UEFA, speculation increased surrounding Guardiola’s future.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss subsequently reaffirmed his commitment to City.

“If they don’t sack me, I will stay here 100 per cent more than ever,” said Guardiola.

“First, because I want to stay. It’s something special, more than the contract I have.

“I said before, I say now. I want to stay and help the club and maintain this level as long as possible.

Why should I leave? When I said I love this club I like to be here, why should I leave?

“No matter what happens I will be here next season.”

Guardiola had previously talked about the possibility of extending his current contract at City.

He explained that he’s going to sit down with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak at the end of the season, or in the middle of next season, to discuss his contract.

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