Pep Guardiola has hinted at a surprise retirement in 2024, while Manchester City aims for a second successive triple after their success last season. The Premier League champions are still without a win in four domestic games.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hinted that he may resign if his club successfully protects their Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League championships from last season. Despite holding a contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2025, Guardiola has declared that if City wins a second consecutive triple, he will stand down as manager at the end of current season.
Guardiola stated his definite intention in an interview with Prime Video prior to the Premier League defeat to Aston Villa: “If we win the treble this season, I’ll retire.” That is certain.” However, it is unclear if he made this statement seriously or in jest. Guardiola acknowledged the enormity of the task, given the rarity of treble-winning teams in English football history.
City’s Champions League title last season, combined with their Premier League supremacy and FA Cup victory, was only the second in English football history, matching Manchester United’s 1998/99 accomplishment. While Guardiola previously won a triple with Barcelona in his first season as a senior coach, and other clubs have done so in the past, accomplishing it consecutively in England or overseas is uncharted terrain.
Securing a triple in consecutive seasons is an even bigger challenge, especially since City is aiming for a fourth straight league title, an unprecedented feat in the club’s 135-year existence. Despite their recent league troubles, with only three victories in their previous nine games and a four-game winless skid following their latest defeat to Aston Villa, Guardiola may realise that the likelihood of him retiring is dwindling.
City’s FA Cup defence is yet to begin, with a third-round match against Huddersfield Town planned for early next month. They are one of the few clubs in the Champions League to have won all five of their group games and achieved a seeded spot for the final 16 draw, making their chances in that competition appear bright.