Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has signed a new two-year contract which will see him stay at the club until 2025.
The Spanish coach has overseen the most successful period in the club’s history, picking up four Premier League titles, four EFL Cups and an FA Cup in six years at the Etihad Stadium.
It’s no secret that a big part of why the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich man was brought to the club was to win their first Champions League trophy and now he has at least another two years to get the job done.
Following an official announcement on the club site, the 51-year-old shared this video message to fans, quipping: “I know you want to get rid of me, but I stay two more years”.
Guardiola went on to insist, “from day one I felt something special being here. I cannot be in a better place”, adding that even beyond his tenure, “the next chapter of this club will be amazing for the next decade… it will happen in the next ten years because this club is so stable.”
Club Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak also expressed his delight at the extension, stating that he is “delighted that Pep’s journey with Manchester City Football Club will continue”, as well as remarking that “he has already contributed so much to the success and fabric of this organisation”.
He went on to conclude that thanks to Pep, the “City style of football is admired the world over” and, “like every City fan, [he is] looking forward to what lies ahead.”
City currently sit second in the Premier League behind Arsenal, who have been absolutely flying under the tutelage of Pep‘s former right-hand man, Mikel Arteta. However, they still remain heavy favourites to lift their fifth title in six seasons.
As detailed in the club statement, the revolutionary coach has won 271 of the 374 matches he has overseen, boasting a remarkable win percentage of 72.4%, not to mention a total of 921 goals – an average of 2.46 goals per game.
We’re sure Blues will be looking forward to more of the same in the coming years.
A friendly reminder that there’s a takeaway called Jack Grillish in Swinton
As were swept up in World Cup fever, football seems to be slowly consuming every other aspect of our everyday life, including food. Then we remembered there’s a takeaway called Jack Grillish.
lf you’ve never heard of the pun-based fast-food joint over in Swinton, Salford, Jack Grillish is the late-night grill and cult-favourite takeaway named after the man himself.
Despite only joining Manchester City back in August of 2021, it didn’t take long at all for Grealish to get his own takeaway named after him, as the Chorley Road spot formerly known as Food Station changed its name not long after.
Most football legends have to wait their entire career to have a foodstuff named after them, let alone an entire building. In fact, we went there a couple of months back to see it ourselves.
Jack Grillish‘s menu is exactly the kind of thing you’d expect to see at any no-nonsense takeaway in Greater Manchester: big burgers, lots of lovely chicken and plenty of naughty desserts.
Specialising in large trays of baked chicken, cheese and chips, it might not be the kind of thing the man himself can eat whilst away at England camp, but it’d certainly make for a banging tea for anyone watching the France game at home this Saturday.
Put another way, we’re hoping that by ordering from the gaff before the game, we’ll send a message out into the universe and not only will ‘Super Jack’ score but we breeze into the next stage of Qatar 2022.
If you also happen to be a bit superstitious, you can order from Jack Grillish HERE.
Featured Image — Jack Grillish (via Facebook)/Jack Grealish (via Instagram)
Police appeal for information regarding ‘serious assault’ around Old Trafford before United game in October
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are appealing for fresh information on a “serious assault” committed around the Old Trafford area earlier this year.
GMP issued a press release on Friday, 9 December, asking for members of the public to come forward and share any details they might have on the attack carried along Seymour Grove in Trafford around 1:30pm on 16 October 2022.
They go on to explain that “a man in his 20s was assaulted by a group of unknown males” on the way to the game at Old Trafford, adding that “it is believed that the suspects were also attending the Manchester United vs Newcastle United match.”
It remains unclear whether or not the assailants were travelling fans in town to support the away side but GMP are looking to speak to the men pictured as they may be able to help with enquiries.
As detailed in the statement, “the victim suffered a severely broken jaw, a broken nose, numerous cuts to the face, and damage to the nerves of four teeth which he is likely to need further medical treatment for.” Terrible stuff.
The authorities are continuing to investigate the Seymour Grove assault after having followed up on a number of lines of enquiry since the incident took place and are now asking for the public’s help.
Anyone with information, or anyone who may have footage/images, or can identify the men in the photos, can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101, quoting log number 1589 on 16/10/22; or, alternatively use the Live Chat service HERE.
Alternatively, information can be shared anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.