Pep Guardiola tipped to leave Man City after UEFA ban - ‘I can’t see him sticking around’

Posted Saturday, February 15, 2020 by

Pep Guardiola tipped to leave Man City after UEFA ban - ‘I can’t see him sticking around’
Pep Guardiola faces an uncertain future at Manchester City (Image: GETTY)

Manchester City face a battle to keep Pep Guardiola after being handed a two-season ban from European competitions by UEFA.

Pep Guardiola has been tipped to leave Manchester City following UEFA’s decision to ban the club from European competitions for the next two seasons. The Sky Blues look set to appeal the suspension handed out after being found guilty of financial fair play misgivings.

Guardiola has been desperate to land the Champions League but it has so far eluded him during his three-and-a-half-year spell at the Etihad Stadium.

A departure could be on the cards if the club is forced to sit out the competition for the next two seasons.

And former Premier League winger Matt Jarvis would not be surprised if Guardiola does exit.

“I think he probably would [say goodbye],” Jarvis said on Sky Sports.

“He has come in, he’s changed the game in England, the way it’s played, his tactics, his philosophy is incredible.

“As you said that Champions League has just not been there for him. It’s been the one thing he’s been wanting to get.

“All emphasis is going to be on for this season but Real Madrid is a very difficult tie.

“They’ve not been playing as well as they have in previous season. It will be a struggle. If you’re out of it for the next two years, I can’t see him sticking around.”

Guardiola recently admitted he could be given the boot by City if they are knocked out by Real Madrid in the last 16.

The Premier League champions have made a poor defence of their title but winning the Champions League would rescue their campaign.

“I want to win the Champions League,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “I dream [of it] and I will enjoy preparing for the games against Madrid, to see what we can do and this process, two weeks before, will be the happiest moments of my profession, to imagine what we can do to beat them.

“If we don’t beat them, OK, come the chairman or the sport director and say, ‘It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to sack you’.

“OK, [I’d say], ‘Thank you, it was a pleasure’. I don’t know [if this would happen]. It has happened many times and could maybe happen.”

City have also been handed a £25million (€30m) fine by UEFA.

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