Pep Guardiola reveals text message from his boss after exit from UEFA Champions League.
The City coach also revealed how powerful he feels as a manager after failing to take his team to the semi-final stage of UEFA Championship for the first time in his managerial career.
According to Pep, he claimed Manchester City Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, sent him a text message a day after the shocking exit, expressing his support for him.
Though Pep and his team are experiencing a tough time this season, the city boss maintain he does not feel his career is under any threat.
According to Pep:
“I received a text message from him the day after. What was his reaction? What do you think?
“Of course, he prefers to win the Champions League. He was not there in Monaco but he is always close. He is always there for me.
“It is like Joan Laporta, my old president at Barcelona. I always feel he is there, so close to the team, so close to me, and he understands.
“I know better than him how it works so when the results happen, always we are going to take decisions but I always feel in the good moments and bad moments – especially in the bad moments – his [sympathetic] reaction. I am really impressed and I appreciate that a lot.
“I met the big boss, Sheikh Mansour [City’s owner] in Abu Dhabi and I know the plan, it’s a team that took the next step seven years ago and we are thinking of getting better.
“I have more power than ever in my life as a manager, for me it’s a big challenge and I want to deal with that, I want to see myself if I am able to do that, that is my impression.
“All the managers and sporting directors want to improve and get better. Maybe a team that wins a treble will still make changes just like a team that does not win the Champions League will make changes.
“That is going to happen and I want to be involved in that as much as possible and to help my team to make the next step.”
In his quest to improve the team performance, Pep, is planning to spend heavily this summer for Manchester City.