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Genesis, Revelation. Exodus: has Guardiola reached City endgame? | Barney Ronay

Posted On: 11 Nov 2019   |   Posted By: The Guardian

Guardiola is generally in one of three phases of engagement - it is tempting to conclude we are in this third stage now, that the Pep exodus has begun This is the end, beautiful friend. Or rather, it may just be a vision of it. Watching Pep Guardiola capering on the Anfield touchline on Sunday - skinny legs splayed, arms flailing, black quilted jacket bouncing about like an angry rubber ball - was at least confirmation of one thing. Manchester City's manager remains an extraordinarily agile and sprightly 48-year-old footballing obsessive. Beyond that it was hard to interpret this reaction to a third Premier League defeat as a sign of good health, stability and plans for the future falling neatly into place. Instead Guardiola seemed oddly isolated, out there operating without restraint, still in the field, a manager who may just have entered the next phase in a familiar career parabola. So much so it is tempting to ask another question. Will he actually be back at Anfield for another league game? Continue...

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