Manchester City has officially announced that Pep Guardiola has signed a new two-year contract. His latest deal means he will remain at the Etihad until the summer of 2025.
Guardiola’s time at City is one laden with success. He has so far won 11 major trophies, including four of the last five Premier League titles.
Across all competitions, he has won 271 of the 374 matches he has overseen, giving him a remarkable win percentage of 72.4%. City have scored 921 goals during that period, at an average of 2.46 goals per game. Indeed, his 374 games in charge means is second only to Les McDowall – who managed 587 between 1950 – 1963 – on City’s list of longest-serving post-war managers.
Confirming the news, Club Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said: “I am delighted that Pep’s journey with Manchester City Football Club will continue. He has already contributed so much to the success and fabric of this organisation, and it’s exciting to think what might be possible given the energy, hunger and ambition that he clearly still has.
“Under his very special leadership our first team has accomplished so much, whilst continuously playing, and constantly evolving, a City style of football that is admired the world over. Like every City fan, I am looking forward to what lies ahead.”
And Guardiola spoke of his delight at remaining City manager until the summer of 2025.
“I am so pleased to be staying at Manchester City for another two years,” he said.
“I can’t say thank you enough to everyone at the club for trusting me. I am happy and comfortable here. I have everything I need to do my job as best as possible. I know the next chapter of this club will be amazing for the next decade. It happened over the last ten years, and it will happen in the next ten years because this club is so stable.
“From day one I felt something special being here. I cannot be in a better place. I still have the feeling there is more we can achieve together and that is why I want to stay and continue fighting for trophies.”
Everyone at Manchester City would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Pep on his new contract and wish him every success during the remainder of his time here.
GUARDIOLA AT CITY: EXACTING STANDARDS AND UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS
Pep Guardiola arrived at Manchester City in the summer of 2016 with an established reputation as the world’s preeminent coach having overseen glittering periods of success at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
But few could have predicted the consistent brilliance of his City team.
After a season of transition that saw Guardiola begin implementing his ideas and addressing key areas of the squad, City have been a winning machine. Eleven domestic trophies in the last five full seasons are testament to the quality of his ideas and innovations.
Two seasons stand out above all others: the 2017/18 season that saw City win the Premier League titles with 100 points, and the 2018/19 campaign in which we became the first team in the history of English football to win all four domestic trophies.
The Centurions season saw City set a blizzard of new Premier League records, including the most points (100), wins (32) and goals (106) in a single season, and the biggest winning margin (19 points) ever recorded.
To follow that up with 98 points the following year as we did a clean-sweep of English football’s top prizes was something special. 198 points across two seasons represented the bar being raised significantly.
Indeed, City have now won four of the last five Premier League titles. Such dominance in a competition widely seen as the most difficult and competitive in world football is rarely seen.
The stats throughout Guardiola’s six-and-a-half seasons in English football underline City’s remarkable supremacy.
We have taken 38 more Premier League points than nearest rivals Liverpool during his tenure – and a remarkable 105 points more than third-placed Chelsea.
We also lead the way in terms of possession (67%), successful passes (146, 631), goals (605) and goals conceded (196).
Of the 119 managers to have taken charge of at least 50 Premier League games, Guardiola has the most points per game (2.4), the highest win percentage (74%), the most goals per game (2.5) and the fewest goals conceded per game (0.8).
And the entire success has been built on unity and togetherness created by Guardiola. His entire backroom team feel empowered – he surrounds himself with experts who will challenge him when necessary – and he ensures every single member of his team are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
It’s this humility that marks him out as the world’s most extraordinary football manager.
Guardiola and City feel inextricably linked, with his exacting standards the driving force behind our glittering period of success. It’s a marriage that will now continue for two more years.
GUARDIOLA’S TROPHY RECORD
La Liga (3), Copa del Rey (2), Spanish Super Cup (3), Champions League (2), Super Cup (2), Club World Cup (2)
Bayern Munich (2013-16)
Bundesliga (3), DFB-Pokal (2), UEFA Super Cup (1), FIFA Club World Cup (1)
Manchester City (2016-present)
Premier League (4), FA Cup (1), League Cup (4), Community Shield (2)
PEP’S CITY TENURE SO FAR
Win percentage: 72.4%.
Goals per game: 2.46
CLUB RECORDS UNDER PEP
City’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Everton in March 2021 set a new club record of 17 successive away matches unbeaten.
City’s 3-1 win over Watford in December 2021 set a new club record for top-flight league victories in a calendar year (31).
City’s 1-0 win over Chelsea in September was Pep’s 221st as boss – more than any other manager in the Club’s history.
English football/Premier League records under Pep
Leroy Sane’s second goal in a 2-0 win over Manchester United in April 2019 was our 157th in all competitions in the 2018/19 season – a new all-time record for a top-flight English club.
City won all nine of our competitive fixtures in January, the most by a team in the top four tiers of English football in a single month since the formation of the Football League in 1888.
City’s 3-1 win away to Everton in February 2021 set a new English of 10 consecutive top-flight league wins at the start of a year.
City’s 2-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach in February 2021 set a new top-flight English record for consecutive away victories (12).
City’s 2-1 win over West Ham in February 2021 was our 20th consecutive win in all competitions – an English top-flight record.
Our win over Newcastle in May 2021 set a new record for the most consecutive away league wins in the history of the top four tiers of English football (12).
City’s 4-0 win over Newcastle in December 2021 was our 34th of that calendar year – a new English football record for the most top-flight wins in a calendar year. It was also our 18th away league win of the year – more than any other top-flight side has managed in the history of English football.
European/Champions League records under Pep
City’s 7-0 win over Schalke in the second leg of the 2018/19 last 16 in March 2019 equalled the record for the biggest margin of victory in a Champions League knock-out match.
City’s 2-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in May 2021 set a new record for the longest winning run by an English side in Europe’s elite club competition (since equalled by Liverpool in 2022).
Manchester City’s 6-3 victory over RB Leipzig in September 2021 saw us become the fastest English team in history to reach 50 Champions League wins.
Pep’s personal records whilst at City
Pep Guardiola became the first visiting manager to win his first three Premier League matches at Old Trafford after City beat United 2-0 in April 2019.
Guardiola became the fastest manager in Premier League history to earn 500 points when City drew 1-1 with Southampton in January 2022 (his 213th game.)