The Man City website released the following statement today: “Manchester City are delighted to announce that Pep Guardiola has signed a contract extension that will see him remain as manager until the end of the 2020-21 campaign.”
This contract extension comes in the wake of Manchester City’s record-breaking Premier League campaign, which saw the Mancunians dominate their competition on the way to winning the title with 5 games to spare.
City’s league campaign was not only a record-breaking run statistically, but their footballing quality as a unit, as well as at the individual level, was in a class of its own.
This news is significant for Guardiola’s career, and is an indicator of his overall job-contentment, since it marks the first time that he’s signed a long-term extension at a single club.
The former Spanish international, who came through the Barca academy ranks to give 11 excellent seasons of service as a player for the club, became its manager in the year 2008.
Following a 4-year spell of success in which Barcelona were heralded as the greatest club side ever and enjoyed unprecedented success, Guardiola stepped down from the post citing fatigue as the factor.
After a one-year sabbatical, which he spent in New York, the 41-year-old returned as Jupp Heynckes’ successor at Bayern Munich.
Despite inheriting a treble-winning side, Pep failed to win the Champions League in 3 years – a feat that he achieved twice in his first 3 years as the Blaugranes’ manager.
But he was successful in building on the foundation Heynckes had left for the club domestically, winning the Bundesliga in all 3 campaigns while bagging the DFB Pokal trophy twice.
His first season with City was so far his least impressive one, but his excellence and the owners’ aggressive transfer activity in the summer of 2017 allowed them to embark on a rampaging run to the Premier League title.
Guardiola’s next aim should ideally be winning the Champions League, fulfilling the owner’s long-standing objective.