ALL Premier League managers are under pressure, from day one, whether they are fighting for the title or European places – or battling to beat the drop.
But Zapsportz co-owner Glenn Hoddle reckons the greatest pressure will be on Pep Guardiola, especially after last season’s failure in league and cups.
It was the first time in his managerial career that the Manchester City boss has not been able to deliver a trophy. He has to this season.
That’s the view of our man Glenn – a Mail on Sunday correspondent and esteemed TV pundit – as we await the big kick off.
Across the city of Manchester, United boss Jose Mourinho will again be under scrutiny – but at least he did deliver some silverware last season. Two trophies, in fact.
He will be expected to do the same again, more in fact, and the United fans believe a serious Premier League title challenge is a realistic aim.
City have been installed by the majority of bookies as 7/4 favourites to win the league, with Chelsea currently posted at 7/2.
United are also posted around the 7/2 mark, but all eyes will be on City – and Guardiola, in particular – as the former champions kick of their campaign with a visit to newly-promoted Brighton tomorrow night.
The televised game may well give us an indication of their title credentials, and it’s vital City get off to a positive start. For Guardiola’s sake as much as anybody.
Assessing some of the managers in the spotlight, Glenn says: “No-one is under more pressure than Pep Guardiola this season. Not Jose Mourinho, he has already banked two trophies. Minor ones but trophies nonetheless.
“Not David Wagner, he is a hero forever in Huddersfield whatever lies ahead this season. Not even Frank de Boer and Marco Silva, they will be given some consideration for the resources at their disposal when evaluating their performances.
“But Guardiola has nowhere to hide now. He delivered a season which, though the team finished third, was worse than Manuel Pellegrini in 2015-16, when at least they won the League Cup and reached the Champions League semi-final.”
City spent £190million last season and failed to deliver; they’ve spent £200million already this summer. So no more excuses. Over to you Pep.