Pep Guardiola is set for the latest challenge in his career in the summer when he takes over the hot seat at the Etihad Stadium, replacing Manuel Pellegrini as the new Manchester City manager.
Guardiola has won five league championships during his time at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, while he has lifted the Champions League trophy on two different occasions.
The first job Guardiola will have when he arrives into Manchester is to decide which of the players in his squad he wants to keep and which ones he wants to let go. There has been speculation that Yaya Toure and some of the other highest paid players in the squad could be set to leave at the end of the season after his arrival.
Guardiola worked with Toure at Barcelona so will know the Ivory Coast international very well. He will also be very familiar with fellow Spanish compatriot David Silva, another player who has been linked with a move away from City in the summer.
Once the former Barcelona boss has a good indication of the players he wants to retain in his squad, he can then put a shortlist together as to who he wants to bring into the club. The new manager is likely to be handed a huge transfer fee to help attract some of the best players in the world.
Unfortunately for Guardiola, he won’t have as long as other managers to work with his players before the start of the 2016/17 Premier League campaign as Euro 2016 takes centre stage this summer. What the tournament does do for the Spaniard, though, is give him an opportunity to do some important scouting at the competition, with the view of bringing in some of the top emerging stars to the Etihad Stadium.
Germany go into Euro 2016 looking to build on their success at the World Cup in Brazil two years ago. If you want to bet on the Euros and back the world champions to do the double, they can do so at 10/3. France and Spain have both achieved that feat in recent years but not many through sporting history have managed it.
Regardless of whether they manage to win the whole thing, Guardiola could be tempted to bring some of the stars of the German Euro 2016 squad with him to England. As the current Bayern Munich head coach, Guardiola manages Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller, two of the standout players who helped Germany to win the World Cup in Brazil. Both have been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, so now could be the time for them to make the switch.
The pressure is on for Guardiola to succeed at Manchester City. Both Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini failed to impress the owners enough to hang around, despite both managers winning the Premier League title. Inside his brief will be the fact that the club need to be in contention to win the Champions League in the near future. Up until now, City’s record in the competition has been very poor.