Pellegrini vs Guardiola: Who Should Manage Manchester City?
According to beIN Sports, Pep Guardiola has a 'verbal agreement' with Manchester City to replace under-fire manager Manuel Pellegrini in the summer. Despite the four-time European champion denying the claims, could these rumours be true and solve Manchester City's managerial dilemma?
Below will discuss my opinions on the two managers and who I believe deserves to manage the dethroned Premier League champions.
Round 1 - Tactics
Current coach Pellegrini's tactics looked unstoppable in his first season with City and it looked as though they could have been on course for a period of dominance like bitter rivals Manchester United in the late 1990s. However, those tactics have largely been the reason for City's limp defence of their Premier Legaue crown. Other managers found weaknesses in the way that Manchester City play exploited them.
Although Guardiola has found his tactics being critisiced after losses to former club Barcelona and league defeats to smaller teams, but, in general, Guardiola is one of the best tacticians in world football - this theory being proven by his four seasons' work at the Catalan giants.
This one is easy. First round to Guardiola.
WINNER: PEP GUARDIOLA
Round 2 - Transfers
Both of these managers have made good and bad signings in the last decade - for several different clubs. Pellegrini has largely managed clubs with smaller budgets compared to Guardiola, who has always had money to work with, and this has to be taken into account.
Pellegrini's best signings include then world-record transfer Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Karim Benzema, Santi Cazorla, Alvaro Negredo and Fernandinho. It is granted that most of those transfers were big-money deals. The most impressive of that bunch was Santi Cazorla, who was signed by Pellegrini for £15m. Cazorla was later sold to Premier League side Arsenal for a fee of £24m. The rest of the listed transfers surpassed that £24m mark.
Guardiola's main signings include Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique, Dani Alves, Robert Lewandowski and promoting Sergio Busquets and Pedro Rodriguez to the first team at Barcelona. When you consider the calibre of signings, Guardiola's fail to immediately impress you, apart from Lewandowski on a free transfer from Bundesliga rival Borussia Dortmund.
When taking into consideration the money spent and nortoriousness of the signings, Pellegrini's list just comes out on top for me. Pellegrini wins this round and ties the overall score.
WINNER: MANUEL PELLEGRINI
Round 3 - Honours
Seasons managed: 21
Honours: 8 - Copa Chile, Copa Interamericana, Serie A, Primera Division x2, UEFA Intertoto Cup, Premier League and the Football League Cup
Win percentage: 50.80%
Seasons managed: 7
Honours: 20 - Tercera Division, La Liga x3, Copa del Rey x2, Supercopa de Espana x3, UEFA Champions League x2, UEFA Super Cup x3, FIFA Club World Cup x3, Bundesliga x2 and the DFB-Pokal
Win percentage: 72.34%
Guardiola's record is clearly better despite Pellegrini managing clubs that should be in the hunt for silverware. The decider goes to Pep Guardiola.
WINNER: PEP GUARDIOLA
OVERALL RESULT: MANUEL PELLEGRINI 1-2 PEP GUARDIOLA
From this assessment of their managerial talent, Pep Guardiola has been revealed as the better manager and is a better candidate for the Manchester City job than current manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Whether or not the move will happen is unknown, but I'm sure that all will be revealed at the end of the season.