Gone are the days when Pep Guardiola’s stint at a club would merely be a three-year cycle, with the Catalan boss certainly making the Etihad Stadium his home.
Guardiola has helped City hit even greater heights by building on the work of his predecessors, with a plethora of titles, and taking the club to their first-ever Champions League final last season – ultimately losing out to Chelsea.
Further work is on the cards, with City looking to retain their Premier League title and go one step further in Europe by securing their first continental honour.
Building a legacy at the club, and indeed across football, that will last well into the future, Guardiola is already starting to see his impact develop elsewhere.
Since departing the club in 2019, Vincent Kompany has begun his managerial career with Anderlecht, initially in a player-manager role, and is just one of the many former Guardiola players to venture into a new world of football.
Xavi is now back at Barcelona, looking to fix the mess that the club have endured in recent years, and Mikel Arteta, although not a player from Guardiola’s career and instead just a coach, is making waves at Arsenal.
Across North London, another former City player is looking to make an impact in a new area as Yaya Toure is coaching the Tottenham youth team as he looks to gain his coaching badges.
Should Toure progress into a managerial career, it’ll knock Guardiola’s tally of those he’s influenced making their own impression leading sides – which is a firm indication of his brilliance rubbing off on those who work under him.
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Those in Manchester will be accustomed to seeing these situations, just as a wealth of former Manchester United players from Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign in charge at Old Trafford made their own ventures into management.
That includes Steve Bruce, Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs, Phil Neville, Gary Neville and more recently Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who have all had varying degrees of success during their respective spells in the dugout.
The difference, however, is that Ferguson spent three decades at United, whereas Guardiola is 13 years into his managerial career and has spent five of those at City.
Clearly, Guardiola is well established among the elite and the number of former protégés making their own way in management support the idea of him being among the very best at developing not just the players and teams of tomorrow, but also the next wave of managerial talents.