Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has told chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak he’ll quit if his Etihad revolution goes wrong.
City slipped to eight points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool just eight games into the season after Sunday’s calamitous home defeat to Wolves .
The 2-0 loss at the Etihad followed a defeat to Norwich City last month, with City also having dropped points in a 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham .
And Guardiola has said he will never stand in the way if City’s mega-rich Abu Dhabi-based owners are not happy with his work.
The City manager discussed his relationship with owner Khaldoon in a new book, ‘Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam’.
“He knows I’d step aside if things weren’t going to plan,” Guardiola says in the book, according to The Sun .
“I’ll give everything to avoid that and make every effort to move things forward. No coasting.”
The book also reveals that Guardiola will impose a Christmas curfew on his players after a shock festive defeat to Crystal Palace last year threatened to derail City’s title challenge.
City lost 3-2 to Palace at the Etihad on December 22 last year and were forced to play catch-up to title rivals Liverpool, eventually overhauling Jurgen Klopp’s men to seal one third of an unprecedented domestic treble.
The book claims that days before that reverse, some players had stayed out after the club’s Christmas Christmas bash and had turned up late at training the next day.
So this year, after consulting with his coaching staff, Guardiola will lay down the law on how late his players can stay out partying.
Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam, by Lu Martin and Pol Ballus, is published in paperback and ebook on October 24