Pep Guardiola Plans To Leave Man City Over Charges


Pep Guardiola has seen his odds to leave Manchester City slashed in the wake of them being charged with over 100 Financial Fair Play breaches by the Premier League, having previously indicated that he would be ready to walk away from the club if he'd found that they had lied to him over their finances.

The Premier League have filed more than 100 charges against City following a four-year investigation into their spending. City are owned by the Abu Dhabi state, using their vast wealth to build a team that has won multiple trophies under Guardiola.

This is not the first time City have faced scrutiny over their finances, with UEFA previously issuing them with a two-year ban from European competitions. That ban was later overturned, with Guardiola having vigorously defended his bosses in the media.

Bookies Betfair report that news of the charges on Monday immediately saw Guardiola's odds to be the next Premier League boss to leave slashed from 100/1 to 11/2, making him the third favourite to be the next boss to go behind Southampton's Nathan Jones and Leeds boss Jesse Marsch.

Guardiola is also now just 1/2 to not be at City for the start of next season, and 6/4 to still be there.

Following his side's exit from the Champions League last season, the Spaniard vowed he would quit his job if he found that City's owners had lied to him about their financial dealings.

“Why did I defend the club and the people? It’s because I work with them. When they are accused of something I ask them: ‘Tell me about that.’ They explain and I believe them," Guardiola said last May.

"I said to them: ‘If you lie to me, the day after I am not here. I will be out and I will not be your friend any more. I put my faith in you because I believe you 100% from day one and I defend the club because of that.’

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