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Guardiola more Busby than Ferguson

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A Premier League title-winning boss is considered to be one of the finest managers, coaches and people by those he works alongside at the Etihad
Pep Guardiola has earned comparisons to Manchester United legends by his Manchester City assistant Brian Kidd, with the Catalan considered to be more Matt Busby than Alex Ferguson.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss now sits alongside that iconic duo as a title winner in England, with City having swept to a record-breaking Premier League crown in 2017-18.

Guardiola has earned plenty of plaudits for the manner in which he and his side have set about securing domestic dominance, with success enjoyed with a swagger.

Few can claim to match one of the finest managerial minds of the modern era, but a man with strong ties to two Manchester giants believes legends of the past boast similarities.

Kidd, who played for United under Busby before later coaching alongside Ferguson at Old Trafford, told The Sun on Guardiola and his efforts at City this season: “We were on a few days off when we won the title. But as soon as we came back, he gathered everyone together.

“It was about showing respect to the teams we had left to play - five of them, all teams down at the bottom. He said we have to respect the Premier League.

“There would be no chance of bringing the deckchairs and sunglasses out - and that will set the marker for next season.

“When the boss here was talking that day, it reminded me so much of how Sir Matt had done it. It was that respect that he showed.”

He added: “The big thing is he is inspirational, both on and off the pitch.

“What he does is bring spirit and togetherness in all departments. He’s got time for the non-footballing departments as well. He cares.

“That takes me back to Matt Busby. We were brought up under him at United with humility, respect, empathy to people, your manners.

“How you conducted yourself was important.

“The boss here is similar to that in a lot of ways, what he wants from you. Even though it’s so many years ago, I can see it.”

Guardiola can also claim to be similar to Ferguson – a man who had the Midas touch when it came to the art of trophy collecting – but the 47-year-old is seen to be more of an all-round threat in the dugout than an iconic Scot currently nursing his way back to health following brain surgery.

“Sir Alex was a manager and did wonderfully well in his career. The boss here is a manager as well, but also a coach,” said Kidd.

“He’s out there on the training pitch taking everything.

“It’s slightly different. But each manager is unique.”


Source : Goal



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