Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff at his next club Manchester City has now been confirmed.
Pep Guardiola’s four-man team, which has worked alongside him at his former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich, will now follow him to Manchester City.
Their departure was confirmed on Wednesday, when Bayern Munich held a farewell dinner for Pep and his coaching team. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge thanked the group and wished them luck for their future in England, by stating: “Once again I want to express my deepest thanks for our magnificent time together and wish Pep and his team all the very best indeed.”
Guardiola’s coaching team consists of Domenec Torrent, Lorenzo Buenaventura, Carles Planchart and Manel Estiarte, who have worked with the Spaniard for quite a while.
Pep Guardiola and his assistant manager Domenec Torrent have worked with each other since their time together at Barcelona B, and Torrent is now set to replace Ruben Cousillas, Manuel Pellegrini’s right-hand man, and become the Citizens’ next assistant manager.
Lorenzo Buenaventura will become City’s new fitness coach, replacing Jose Cabello. He too, has worked with Guardiola since 2008 – his first season in charge of Barcelona’s senior squad.
Carles Planchart, the head video analyst and scout, began his career at Barcelona in 2007, and will now become the head of Manchester City’s team of analysts.
Manel Estiarte worked as Barcelona’s head of external relations from 2008 to 2012, and then became Pep’s personal assistant at Bayern, and he will continue to occupy the same position in England.
However, Manchester City’s current goalkeeper coach Xabier Mancisidor, who joined Pellegrini at City in 2013, will continue to play the same role at the club.
Meanwhile, Brian Kidd, who is being linked with a return to Manchester United and join their new manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, will reportedly continue to stay at the blue side of Manchester.
And lastly, Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta will join Guardiola’s staff, despite being offered a role at Arsenal.