Pep Guardiola can decide that he does not want to remain on the Manchester City bench for much longer and resign before any club punishments are announced.
In Manchester, there is reportedly a growing expectation that Guardiola won’t remain in charge if any potential punishments are launched.
City was in risks of facing financial fair play punishment from UEFA, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager defended the club, but said that he did so because he was sure that he would not lie to him, otherwise would go away.
”If I defend the people and the club it’s because I work with them. When I asked about suspicions or if our people have done something, then I say to them, ‘tell me.’” Guardiola said.
“I said to them ‘if you lie to me, the day after I’m not here, I will be out and you will not be my friend any more.’ But I look at them and believe them 100 per cent from day one. So I defend the club because of that.” Guardiola added.
According to reports, Guardiola was even one of the first to hear the news among City’s most important figures, even before it became public on Monday.
When the Premier League announced in a statement that it would take carried out an investigation into alleged irregularities in City’s accounts from 2009 until now.
The matter is now being referred to an independent commission and, if the English champions are found guilty, they could face different punishment, such as deduction of points or even expulsion from the competition.
City on the other hand, they put out a statement on their website, saying that they were “surprised” by the alleged charges.
“Manchester City FC is surprised by the issuing of these alleged breaches of the Premier League Rules, particularly given the extensive engagement and vast amount of detailed materials that the EPL has been provided with.” City said in a statement.
“The Club welcomes the review of this matter by an independent Commission, to impartially consider the comprehensive body of irrefutable evidence that exists in support of its position.” they added.