Thursday 23 January 2020

Mancini in no need of Pep talk to help him do good job at City

Mark Ogden

Roberto Mancini claims he is prepared for the shadow of Pep Guardiola to loom over him at Manchester City following the appointment of Txiki Begiristain, the former Barcelona technical director, as director of football at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola, currently spending a year-long sabbatical in New York after ending his glittering four-year spell as Barcelona coach, worked closely with Begiristain, and City's new chief executive Ferran Soriano, during his reign at the Nou Camp.

The Catalan connection between Guardiola and City's newly arrived executive team has placed the spotlight on Mancini, despite his success in guiding the club to the Premier League title last season.

But the Italian insists he has a long and successful future at City alongside Soriano and Begiristain, regardless of Guardiola's status as football's most-wanted out-of-work manager.

"I'm very happy because we have a new sporting director, he worked for Barca and has big experience with a top team." Mancini said. "I have my job, Txiki will have his job, Ferran has his job but together I think we can work."

City, now the only unbeaten team in the Premier League, travel to West Ham today without the injured David Silva who, Mancini admits, will miss Tuesday's crucial Champions League clash with Ajax. The Spanish winger is out for at least another 10 days. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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