Since the 50-year-old Spanish tactician hit the limelight as a world-class coach in 2018 while managing FC Barcelona, he is known to be a coach who hardly stays at a particular club beyond four seasons.
For instance, he was appointed the manager of Barcelona on July 1, 2008, and left the club in June 2013 after winning two UEFA Champions League titles with the club.
On July 1, 2013, Pep Guardiola decided to join Bayern Munich. After dominating Bundesliga for three seasons and failing to win the UEFA Champions League title for the club, he left the German giants on June 30, 2016.
On July 1, 2016, he signed for Manchester City. Within his first three years at the club, he won two Premier League titles. For the first time in his managerial career, he extended his contract with Manchester City in 2020 and won another Premier League title for the club.
Based on his new contract with Manchester City, Pep Guardiola will remain at the Premier League club until June 2023, by then, he would have spent 7 years at the club which will be the longest amount of years he has ever spent at a particular club as a football manager.
The Spanish tactician has crowned his effort at the club by leading Manchester City to their first UEFA Champions League final. The club will face Chelsea at 20:00 today, May 29. If Pep Guardiola manages to win the title for Manchester City, he would never be forgotten in the history of the club.
During the pre-match press conference ahead of the Champions League final, Guardiola said his longevity at Man City was built on the relationship that exists between him and every other member of the club.
He noted that he is well funded and has the right set of players to work with. He also noted that he is carrying every member of his coaching crew along and no one is ever blamed for any failure.
“Of course investment, I cannot deny that and everybody knows it, but not just that”, he added.
“I have friends in the hierarchy above me, and the players have the feeling that I’m the manager because they feel I’ve been supported by all the people [above me].
“Most importantly, apart from the players – because in five or six teams in England and Spain, they have top players as well – I feel comfortable with my staff, the backroom staff, I have everything. I can’t ask for more to do my job as best as I can do.
“It’s simple as that. We are in the same line, we make decisions together, we share the mistakes, we share the good things all together and this is the point.
“When we lose, they don’t tell me that I’m responsible, we look to find a solution. I know as a manager that if we don’t win, they are going to fire me, but they are going to do it in a friendly way.
“This is the way we work here and this is why I extended the contract hereby two years and after two more years. I feel incredibly comfortable working, not only with the players but all the departments in the club.
“That’s why I decided to stay longer.”