Former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson has warned Pep Guardiola that managing in the Premier League will not be easy, but is ultimately confident the current Bayern Munich chief will succeed in England.
Guardiola will replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Manchester City once the current season ends, in what will be his first foray in English football.
The Catalan is regarded as arguably the finest coach in the world but while Ferguson has lauded his qualities, he says it will be difficult for him to take to English football like a duck to water.
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“Manchester City have made a real coup in getting him, but Pep won’t find it easy. English football is not easy,” Ferguson told Sky Sports.
“Every foreign coach that has come to England will tell you that. Arsene Wenger was talking about that a few months after coming and even Jose Mourinho was.
“Pep will be a success, but I don’t think he’ll ever replicate what he did at Barcelona because that was a high standard, they were the best.
“Without question Pep has got a fantastic work ethic about him, he demands that in all of his training sessions. Anyone who thinks they’re not going to work hard at City won’t last long. He has got great coaching ability; there is no doubt about that.”
Guardiola has won league titles with both Barcelona and Bayern and will be expected to do the same during his time with City.
And Ferguson says much depends on how the league’s biggest clubs react to Guardiola’s impending arrival at City in the summer to determine who can challenge them for the crown.
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