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“You don’t win games and they sack you” — Pep Guardiola reveals increasing demands of being Manchester City boss



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Pep Guardiola has opened up on the demands of being the manager at clubs like Manchester City, comparing his experience to past tenures at Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

The Catalan has far from overstayed his welcome at the Etihad, but has still remained at the helm for longer than most expected, taking over as bench-boss for the start of the 2016/17 campaign.

In the subsequent seven seasons since landing in Manchester, Guardiola has experienced staggering success, winning five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, three League Cups, and a Champions League.

But speaking in a recent press conference, Guardiola opened up on just how demanding it can be to sustain success at some of Europe’s top clubs.

“The demand is high for all the managers,” Guardiola said. “I would say on my behalf, myself, there are a lot but everyone handles it the way (they want to).

“Everyone, all of us, we have ups and downs as managers, we feel guilty, we feel responsibility from many people who trust you, the club you represent – that is normal. And sometimes you take longer, sometimes it depends on the environment.

“I think every case is completely different, and every manager – it doesn’t matter the league or the team – it depends on many circumstances that you stay longer or shorter.

“Normally you stay shorter when you don’t win games and they sack you. Normally that happens, but if you win games and you are happy, you can stay longer.

“I was in Barcelona and I was really, really tired and left, and here I stayed longer than I was thinking when I arrived. I think every case is different.”

Despite closing in on a decade as Manchester City boss, Guardiola has dropped major hints that he could extend his current contract, which is set to expire at the end of the 2024/25 campaign.

Back on the pitch, Guardiola’s side find themselves in position to collect another impressive trophy haul, sitting just one point behind Premier League leaders Arsenal with 10 games remainging, and still alive in both the FA Cup and Champions League.