Sunday 25 February 2018

Eamon Dunphy: Guardiola will need Panadol when he goes to Man City - Their players are bandits

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Pep Guardiola’s appointment at Manchester City will bring more excitement to the Premier League, but he has a big job rebuilding the squad, according to RTE pundit Eamon Dunphy.

The current Bayern Munich coach will replace Manuel Pellegrini in the summer on a three-year deal, but hopes of bowing out at the Etihad with a second league title took a severe blow at the weekend when the home side were humbled 3-1 by table-toppers Leicester City.

City now trail the Foxes by six points with 13 games left in the title race and fell to fourth in the table following victories for Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at the weekend.

A number of City’s big-money signings have been called into question, while the future of under-performing Yaya Toure, discarded by Guardiola during his time at Barcelona, has also been called into question.

RTE soccer pundit Dunphy believes the 45-year-old is in for a rude awakening when he arrives in Manchester.

“It’s a league full of egos,” he told 2FM’s GameOn show.

“When Pep Guardiola goes to Manchester City, he’s going to need some Panadol. The first question on the agenda when he has his first meeting will be, ‘Who bought these players?’, and, ‘Who spent all that money on that rubbish?’

“Yaya will be out the door,” he added.

Dunphy described many of City’s squad as “rogues” and predicts plenty of movement in and out of the club during the summer.

“He’s got a job to do. These guys are bandits. He’s going to buy a few players. I see he has £150m to spend. You won’t get much for £150m. Pep is in for a shock.

“It’s an intriguing appointment but he will need the pills to calm him down.”

The former Ireland international said Leciester’s meteoric rise has been the story of the season and singled out a number of their players for special praise

“Something amazing is happening.,” he told listeners.

“I think it’s one of the greatest stories of all-time.”

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