He had failed to respect the plan. The original view of Guardiola, although it is changing, is that of the football aesthete. What has emerged since he left Barcelona in is a picture of a very demanding man who does not care who he gets rid of when he is fine-tuning a club to work his way.
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His brother Pere, an agent, is a key figure and the man himself wants it done before he arrives. The received wisdom is, understandably, that there is no point in appointing one of the most original minds in football if you are not prepared to buy into the plan wholesale. What Guardiola asks for, he will get.
He has signed a three-year contract and while his preference is to move on after three seasons, from the moment he walks into the City Football Academy, the efforts will begin to persuade him to stay for longer. There are strong suggestions that Guardiola has already looked closely at all staff, even in the unders and academy, and that changes could be made.
Although it is undoubtedly a developmental step of sorts for a coach whom City have put much resources into, it also takes him out of the line of fire when Guardiola arrives. What will Guardiola do for City?
Could he attract Lionel Messi? It is not so fanciful that it is not discussed in elevated football circles.
The expectation is naturally that Guardiola can take City to a different level on the pitch. Bayern have conceded just nine goals in 19 games this season and lead the Bundesliga by eight points from Borussia Dortmund, whose very proximity to the defending champions is remarkable in itself. Pep Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
Bayern are 18 points clear of Hertha Berlin in third place. He inherited the European champions and although he has not been able to repeat the feat of his predecessor Jupp Heynckes, there is no question he has left a formidable legacy. It all sounds a bit too good to be true, but the basic principle holds.
Guardiola is a serious man who believes winning football matches is a serious business. His record suggests he will prepare for games against Norwich City as diligently as games against Manchester United. He watches match footage of the opposition in a patient hunt for weaknesses. There will be many Premier League managers who will shrug their shoulders and ask where that differs from their own approach.
Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi could, feasibly, be reunited in Manchester at some point in their lives. Guardiola has managed two of the greatest teams in the world but he has never coached in a league where there is such an intense level of competition throughout the field. In three years at Bayern he has lost eight league games, five of those after his team have already secured the title, achieved in March in and then last season in April.
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