Pep Guardiola on how Man City are built to prevent Man Utd’s post-Sir Alex Ferguson woes

Manchester United have fallen from grace since Sir Alex Ferguson’s 2013 exit, but Guardiola feels City have a “clear structure” geared towards long-term success

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Pep Guardiola is yet to make up his mind on how long he will stay at Manchester City – but insists there will be no Sir Alex Ferguson -style meltdown when he leaves.

Guardiola is in his sixth season at the Etihad – and has seen Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pay the ultimate price for failure across town at Manchester United.

City have become top dogs in Manchester since Ferguson retired in 2013 and are on course to finish above their rivals for the ninth successive season as Guardiola seeks to win his fourth Premier League title in five attempts.

But the Catalan believes the secret of City’s success lies in the boardroom, with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain forging a formidable partnership.

The contrast between City and United at executive level could not be more stark.

Man Utd have struggled to match City despite spending over £1bn since Ferguson’s exit


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Guardiola said: “When you have a clear structure, when the manager is leaving, there comes another manager with a few different ideas.

“But when the (overall) idea is the same you don’t have to change the players.

“After me, the club has to have a different manager, of course, but it will be quite similar. They can adapt the players we have.

“When it happens, the club will still be there. This is what Man City have done in my six seasons here.

“The success is incredible. There is an incredible transfer hierarchy and backroom staff.

“Of course, without money, you don’t have good players and without good players you don’t have success.

“But I’ve had three clubs that I’ve found this. I had Txiki in Barcelona, Ferran in Barcelona and president (Joan) Laporta in Barcelona with 100 percent support.

“In Bayern Munich it was the same – and here it was the same.”

Al Mubarek came in at the ground floor when Sheikh Mansour took over the club with a vision.

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Pep Guardiola says Man City are built for success

Soriano and Begiristain followed just a few months after Roberto Mancini had guided City to the title in 2012 – and a plan was hatched to one day bring Guardiola to Manchester.

Guardiola accepts that City’s domination has been driven by cash – yet he points out that other teams have spent big and still come up short.

Derby rivals United are the perfect example.

“A lot of teams are powerful in the Premier League; not just Manchester City have money,” said Guardiola.

“I want to play in this way and you try to buy players to adapt to the way you want to play.

“At Manchester City, before I arrived, this was the idea – and that’s why we are there.

“We compete with giants and we cannot always win – but we are always there.”

The Blues hope the Catalan will extend his contract for a third time as he enters the final 15 months of his current deal.

Sunday Mirror Sportrevealed last month that there is a growing confidence inside the dressing room that he will stay.

Pep Guardiola has hinted he could stay at Man City until 2026

Guardiola, though, remains uncommitted about his future plans – although he suggested his time in Manchester will be decided by the players.

He said: “I have to see if the players follow me and we have success, but I’m not going to say if I’ll stay.

“I have to feel it. That’s why I extended the contract two times here.

“When I arrived, they didn’t expect that, but I’m incredibly satisfied. I’m not here to move to another place.

“I have to feel everybody, especially the players, are comfortable working with me and still we can fight to win.

“For me it would be easy to sign three or four more years but we will see what happens.”

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