Our new boss is ready for the new challenge!
— Manchester City (@ManCity) July 3, 2016
Manchester City officially unveiled their new manager – Pep Guardiola – to the City supporters, followed by a short Q and A with the press and fans.
Pep Guardiola has joined the Citizens on a three-year contract, that is set to earn the Spaniard £15 million a year. The City board organized for Pep to be unveiled in front of thousands of City supporters – an event where Pep set out his vision for the next three years.
Guardiola explained his rather unusual method of getting to know his City players, he said:
“First, I have to meet my players and know them. I know them from TV. I have to hug them, kick their arse and, after, I need time to know them.”
The new boss also took questions from the crowd, as well as social media – making the Spaniard a fan favorite, as they applauded and cheered him throughout the event.
Pep said: “The first target is team spirit and to play good as much as possible, and then after try to win one game and then a second one, then another.
“What I want is for our supporters and the people who love football to enjoy and be proud of what we did. Afterwards, we will see what our level is. Maybe we achieve titles, but if the people are not proud of us, it is nothing.
“It’s a challenge. That’s why I am here. But I cannot do it alone. We need our fans. Without that, it is impossible.
“As soon as possible we are going to try and create a team spirit. We need to create something special between each other. That is the most important thing. The rest will come.”
Guardiola also explained his plans for the Manchester City youth, saying that he would like to try and replicate Barcelona’s “La Masia” Youth setup.
“I grew up in one of the most important academies in the world in Barcelona, where the young players are so important to develop and could maybe one day play in the first team.
“One of the reasons I came here is because I know, from Txiki and other people here, how good they are working in the academy with the young players. For me, it’s good to see young players of 13, 14 and 15 playing, growing and imagining that one day they can play in the first team.
“But it’s important for the fans too because they can feel special about that player.”
Pep Guardiola has won 6 League titles during his time as a manager. He will now be looking to bag the Barclays Premier League title in his first season as City manager. But, he faces stiff competition from Jose Mourinho, Jürgen Klopp, and Arsene Wenger, amongst others.