Sir Alex Ferguson has warned incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola that he will not find life in the Premier League easy.
Ferguson won a number of trophies with Manchester United during a 26-year reign at Old Trafford.
Former Barcelona boss Guardiola, widely considered to currently be the best manager in the world, will leave Bayern Munich to take over at City in the summer. However, Ferguson insisted Guardiola cannot expect a straightforward adjustment in England.
“It will be difficult for him to replicate what he did at Barcelona. Obviously Man City have made a real coup in getting him because he’s an outstanding coach, but Pep won’t find it as easy,” Ferguson said.
“English football is not easy. Every foreign coach that has come to England will tell you that. [Arsenal boss] Arsene Wenger, after a few months, he was talking about that. [Former Chelsea manager] Jose Mourinho after his first season realised what he had achieved was hard work. So he will be a success. I don’t think he’ll ever replicate what he did at Barcelona, but that’s a high standard. They were the best.”
City have been wildly inconsistent this season and, having fallen out of the title race, they are clinging on in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League.
Their recruitment strategy has failed them in recent years, with the likes of Jesus Navas, Nicolas Otamendi and Eliaquim Mangala all underwhelming despite big fees for their services. Ferguson is right; Guardiola certainly has a job on his hands next season.