Football pundit Stan Collymore has hit out at former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola claiming he has turned corners since joining Manchester City in the summer.

Collymore feels Guardiola should be challenging for titles in his first season in England considering the plethora of talents at his disposal but instead the Spanish tactician is demanding more funds from the City hierarchy to rebuild his squad ahead of next season.

The situation has promoted Collymore to label Guardiola a ‘chequebook manager’ and has rated the Spaniard a three or four out of 10 as City faces a nervous few weeks in their fight for top four finish despite boasting the best attacking unit in the Premier League.

Guardiola will end the campaign trophy-less after crashing out of the FA Cup semi-finals at the weekend, while they also fell short in the EFL Cup and Champions League.

“The reality is that football managers are judged on results. And based on the results Pep Guardiola has achieved at Manchester City with the players at his disposal, I’d give him no more than a three or four out of 10 this season,” Collymore wrote in his Mirror column.

“There’s no way City should be nervously wondering whether or not they are going to make the top four with the squad and resources they have — and Guardiola has to shoulder the blame for that.

“I’d be saying, ‘You’re supposed to be the world’s best manager. Go and make these players much, much better, in the way Claudio Ranieri did with Leicester and Antonio Conte has done with Chelsea’.

“Instead, it seems Guardiola is just saying, ‘I’ll get it right eventually… as long as you give me a quarter of a billion quid.’ And that’s just not great management, it’s the epitome of chequebook management.”

The pressure will undoubtedly be on next season to get things right, as according to widespread speculation, he will have a significant amount of money to spend this summer.


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