Guardiola to replace Pellegrini at City

Pep Guardiola takes over from Manuel Pellegrini for the 2016/17 EPL season onwards.

New Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola.Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Manchester City have announced that Pep Guardiola will take over as manager at the end of the season, replacing current manager Manuel Pellegrini.

This ends months of speculation about the current Bayern Munich manager's future after he had announced he would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

In a statement, Man City confirmed it has finalised contractual negotiations with Guardiola to become MCFC Head Coach for the 2016/17 EPL season onwards.

It went on to say, "The contract is for three years. These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012. Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation."

Pellegrini is said to be fully supportive of the decision and is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead.

At a press conference today, Pellegrini said, "I finish my contract in June. [There was] a lot of speculation but I knew this a month ago. I don't think it is good to have more speculation. I prefer to finish today. I have told the players I was going."

Guardiola, formerly with Barcelona, was widely rumoured to be in line for the job at the Etihad after he had previously worked with Manchester City executives Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano at the Spanish Club.