Get your daily update and weekly newsletter by signing up today!


Pep Guardiola shows his class and puts Rafa Benitez forward for Manager of the year

4 years ago

Pep Guardiola is likely to see his team reach 100 Premier League goals this afternoon.

Manchester City travel to West Ham with four games remaining, still on course to beat all previous Premier League records when it comes to accumulating goals and points.

It is laughable now to think of just how many experts/pundits were ready to write him off as he started trying to improve Man City last season, after arriving only in summer 2016.

Standing here now, he has quickly put together by far the best team in the Premier League, as well as a team playing arguably the best ever football seen in the PL era.

However, despite being in line to beat all PL records this season, Pep Guardiola says he would have no complaints at all if somebody else won Manager of the year in the Premier League.

The Man City boss put forward two possible candidates.

Sean Dyche for the job he has done in getting Burnley competitive without spending a fortune, the Lancashire club currently seventh in the league.

The other one is Rafa Benitez, Pep Guardiola saying that with the situation he has found himself in, the Newcastle boss has ‘made an amazing job’ of it this season.

It would be easy when you are racing away at the top of the league to try and ignore/dilute the financial and other advantages you have, but fair play to Pep Guardiola for going in the other direction and giving credit elsewhere.

Pep Guardiola talking to the Manchester Evening News:

“Of course, the [Managers of the] teams for the players who are nominated to win have more chance [of winning Manager of the year].

“But believe me [I wouldn’t have any complaints] if the Burnley manager [won the award], or for example, Rafa Benitez at Newcastle – he’s made an amazing job.

“For example, Salah is the best player [winning the PFA award].

“I’m not going to say it’s unfair, but if they say Kevin [De Bruyne], I’m not going to say it’s unfair too.

“There are many, many players and many managers, who deserve that.

“You know my opinion about that, it [football] is a collective game.

“It isn’t tennis or golf and a lot of people are involved in our success.

“I’m sitting in front of you and it looks like I’m more important, but it’s more important how you can [collectively] help the players to play well.”


If you would like to feature on The Mag, submit your article to [email protected]

Have your say

© 2022 The Mag. All Rights Reserved. Design & Build by Mediaworks