Pep Guardiola reveals shock retirement plans amid Man City struggles

  • Pep Guardiola has hinted at shock sudden retirement in 2024
  • Man City chasing second successive treble after last season's triumphs
  • Premier League champions are four domestic games without a win

Pep Guardiola has threatened to walk away from management
Pep Guardiola has threatened to walk away from management / Marc Atkins/GettyImages
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has claimed he will retire in a matter of months if his team successfully defends last season's Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League treble.

Guardiola has a contract at the Etihad Stadium until 2025 but surprisingly declared ahead of Wednesday night's Premier League defeat to Aston Villa that he will walk away completely at the end of this campaign if City have won the treble for a second successive season.

"If we win the treble this season, I'll retire. That's for sure," the Spaniard told Prime Video, perhaps serious, perhaps not. "I know it is extremely difficult, how many incredible teams have been in England and just one with Sir Alex Ferguson has done it and ourselves last season."

After several years of Premier League dominance, City finally went all the way in the Champions League for the first time last season, sandwiching only Guardiola's second FA Cup triumph in between their other successes for good measure.

City were just the second English club to complete the feat, matching Manchester United's 1998/99 team. Guardiola had previously won the treble with Barcelona back in his very first season as a head coach at senior level, while Inter, Celtic, Ajax and Bayern Munich have done it over the decades.

But with sustained success in English football particularly difficult – City are currently chasing a fourth straight league title that has never been achieved in 135 years – it would arguably be an even greater achievement for Guardiola and his team to do the treble again in 2023/24.


The Premier League wheels are coming off for Man City this season
The Premier League wheels are coming off for Man City this season / Visionhaus/GettyImages

No team, in England or abroad, has ever won the treble in consecutive seasons. Of those that have at least managed it twice, the second treble hasn't even been within five years of the first.

Given that City are already struggling to match their previous Premier League dominance – the defending champions have won only three of their last nine games and are currently four without a win in the wake of this week's defeat to Aston Villa – Guardiola may realise the chances of actually having to follow through on his retirement promise are slim and fading.

City are yet to start their defence of the FA Cup but will face Championship strugglers Huddersfield Town in the third round early next month.

As for the Champions League, they are one of only two sides in the competition along with Real Madrid to have won all of their opening five group games and are assured of a seeded place in the upcoming last 16 draw later this month before the final fixture next week has been played.


Every club that has won the treble

Season

Club

Manager

Trophies

1966/67

Celtic

Jock Stein

Scottish Division One, Scottish Cup, European Cup

1971/72

Ajax

Stefan Kovacs

Eredivisie, KNVB Cup, European Cup

1987/88

PSV Eindhoven

Guus Hiddink

Eredivisie, KNVB Cup, European Cup

1998/99

Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson

Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League

2008/09

Barcelona

Pep Guardiola

La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League

2009/10

Inter

Jose Mourinho

Serie A, Coppa Italia, Champions League

2012/13

Bayern Munich

Jupp Heynckes

Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League

2014/15

Barcelona

Luis Enrique

La Liga, Copa del Rey, Champions League

2019/20

Bayern Munich

Hansi Flick

Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League

2022/23

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola

Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League


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