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Sheikh Mansour and Man City’s position on Pep Guardiola’s fate at Man City.

Sheikh Mansour and Man City’s position on Pep Guardiola’s fate at Man City.

Sheikh Mansour and Man City's position on Pep Guardiola's fate at Man City.

Sheikh Mansour is convinced that Manchester City are placed to build on their progress over the last decade to realize his goals for the club over the next ten years.

That is according to the City owner’s esteemed chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak, who gave a positive evaluation of the City’s ‘dynasty’ over the last ten years in English football.

And the chairman also revealed what prompted him to offer Pep Guardiola a new deal after the pair met in November, before supplying back to the owner, as Al-Mubarak gave an insight into the club’s aim to try and keep their important manager after 2023.

Speaking in his end-of-season meeting, Al-Mubarak said of the owner:

“I know Sheikh Mansour is immensely proud.

“His vision going back to 2008 of what he expected and wanted in the next 10-12 years, I think has been achieved. As we look at the next ten years, his vision of what he hopes to achieve with this club, I believe we are well positioned to achieve that.

“We look at the past with pride. I look at the future with foundations. Today the foundation is there. The blocks have been built, the foundation is strong, the confidence is there. This journey continues and I look forward to it.”

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Reflecting on a period that started crudely before an unbelievable run between December and March took control of the league and built energy for the Champions League, the chairman said there were never any reservations from the club about Guardiola’s ability.

“I never had a doubt,” he said, going into his meeting with the Guardiola before they agreed a new contract for the manager.

“It’s easy to say in hindsight. Pep’s record speaks for itself. His record with us here at this club. Seeing his passion, his work ethic, his commitment. You cannot be but confident. Another important thing with Pep is his humanity. He’s a very special human being. I knew he was in a tough spot, a low point in November just before he signed his contract.

“I look back to our meeting back then when we saw together, had long discussions, and really had that refresh, that realignment. We needed to look each other in the eye and have that. I saw a man that was so disappointed in his mind for not delivering what he felt he needed to deliver for this club. A man that had so much hunger and desire but just wanted to deliver and felt that he let us down.

“But he didn’t, and this is where I needed to be clear with him. You have seasons in which you don’t achieve what you want to achieve. But you need to keep going and have that trust and confidence.

“We were ninth in the league, but both of us knew this team could win the league. Covid didn’t help, normally that physical contact is so important and not having that affected everyone.

“Just sitting together, making sure we were both aligned and that he saw the direction we wanted to go and vice versa. At the end of it, it was really not that hard.

“We left that meeting at the end with a clear agreement that we’re going to go on another run. I remember feeling it, leaving that something special was going to happen and I think he felt the same way.

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Sheikh Mansour and Man City’s position on Pep Guardiola’s fate at Man City.

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