Pep Guardiola eyes long-term future with Manchester City F.C.

first_imgManchester City F.C. manager Pep Guardiola hopes to stay as long as possible at the Premier League club and build a squad that can deliver long-term success, the Spaniard has said.City have spent over 200 million pounds (261.48 million U.S. Dollars) on transfers, according to British media, after Guardiola failed to win a trophy for the first time in his managerial career last season.”I will try to remain as long as possible to help, to help City keep moving forward and stay high,” Guardiola, who begins the second of his three-year contract this season, told reporters.”I think the club has to work and listen to the manager in the right moment, but also take their own decisions in the future. Nobody knows what will happen. For all the managers in the world it depends on the results.”Guardiola has made an effort to significantly lower the average age of his City squad, overseeing departures of Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna and Aleksandar Kolarov since the end of last campaign.He also recruited several youngsters into the squad, including goalkeeper Ederson, midfielder Bernardo Silva and full back Benjamin Mendy.”The new players have come in and we know the kind of energy they have to give us a really good chance to fight for the titles,” Guardiola added. “All the players’ averages are so, so young, so for the next five, six or seven years they will be here.”Guardiola also confirmed Mendy will remain on the sidelines for up to three week with a thigh strain, which could force the French full back out of City’s Premier League season opener at Brighton and Hove Albion on Aug. 12.advertisement”Unfortunately he is a little bit injured and is not ready for the next two or three weeks,” said Guardiola.last_img read more

Anil Kumble in the mix for Coach of the Year in first Indian Sports Honours

first_imgFormer India coach Anil Kumble is in the running for the Coach of the Year award in the inaugural edition of the Indian Sports Honours, instituted by the RP-SG Group in association with the foundation of skipper Virat Kohli.Kumble, who had an unceremonious exit as India coach after differences with Kohli, is competing with Bisheshwar Nandi (Gymnastics), Balwan Singh (Kabaddi), Harendra Singh (Hockey) and Vijay Davecha (Golf) for the award.The nominations were announced on Wednesday and the winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Mumbai on November 11.There are eight categories including sportsman of the year which has pitted cricketers Cheteshwar Pujara, R Ashwin and Hardik Pandya against each other.They will fight it out with kabbadi player Pardeep Narwal, Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri and hockey star Rupinder Pal Singh.The jury is chaired by former all-England champion and chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand, and also comprises multiple Grand Slam winner Mahesh Bhupathi, legendary sprinter PT Usha, former world number one shooter Anjali Bhagwat and former India hockey captain Arjun Halappa.Terming this an “authentic” sports award, Bhupathi said: “Having an award at the end of a season not only inspires youth but recognises the past players. It’s exciting to have an authentic sport award in the country. I don’t think we have one. It will definitely create an aspiration to achieve more.”The eight categories also include sportswoman of the year award in team sport where Indian hockey stars Deepika Thakur, Rani Rampal and cricketers Deepti Sharma, Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur are vying for honours.advertisementThe finalists for the sportswoman of the year award in individual sport are Olympic silver and bronze medalist duo of PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik along with gymnast Dipa Karmakar, athlete Lalita Babar and tennis ace Sania Mirza.For the male category in individual sport, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, cue sports ace Pankaj Advani, golfer SSP Chawrasia, and in-form shuttler Kidambi Srikanth are the finalists in the race for the best sportsperson of the year award.In the team event category, the Indian junior hockey team, the senior cricket, hockey and kabaddi teams and women’s cricket and hockey teams vie for the top award.The other categories are Emerging Sportswoman of the year Aditi Ashok (Golf), Ritu Phogat (Wrestling), Smriti Mandhana (Cricket); and Emerging sportsman of the year Harmanpreet Singh (Hockey), Neeraj Chopra (Athletics), Ramkumar Ramanathan (Tennis), Sameer Verma (Badminton) and Vidit Santosh Gujarathi (Chess)last_img read more