Manchester City has become a force to reckon with in English Football. Pep Guardiola, together with his team of talented and dangerous players, has transformed the once little club into an English giant that’s both feared and respected. Man City is extremely popular in many UK betting sites, especially sites that give bet 5 get 30 betting offers. The club, however, wasn’t always in top form.
Club History and Struggles
Manchester City Football Club was founded in the winter of 1880 as a means to curb social ills and keep the mostly unemployed young men engaged. The club played its first-ever match against St. Marks on 13 November 1880. In 1889, Man City was promoted to the First Division, which was the peak in English football. They claimed their first trophy in 1904 when they won the FA Cup, becoming the first club in Manchester to win a major trophy. However, despite winning the First Division Title in 1937 and scoring more goals than any other team in the First Division, Man City was relegated in 1938. For twenty years, the club remained in the shadows while her neighbour, Manchester United, dominated English football. In 1956, Man. City beat Birmingham City in a dramatic final to win another FA Cup, but City was relegated to Second Division once again in 1963.
In the summer of 1965, the club management appointed Joe Mercer and Malcolm Allison as managers with the hope of reviving the club. In no time, Mercer won City the Second Division title in just his first season at the club and again in the 1967-68 season. Mercer also won the FA Cup in 1969, the European Cup in 1970 as well as the League Cup. After Mercer’s departure, Man City was once again in a hard spot as she failed to find a suitable replacement for Joe Mercer. In the 1980s alone, the club had seven different managers and none could win any title. Manchester City was again relegated to the third league tier in 1996 after struggling to reach the FA Cup final. During the 2002-3 season, Man. City brought in a new manager, Kevin Keegan, and he helped the club return to Top Division and won the Division One Championship. He was replaced with Sven Göran Eriksson in 2009, but was sacked the following year because of his abysmal performance. By the middle of 2008, the club was on the verge of financial collapse after decades of poor management.
Road to Recovery and Dominance
In August 2008, the Abi Dhabi United Groups purchased Manchester City. This takeover began the recovery and transformation of the club. The restructuring began with the signing of several high-profile players. In 2009, they brought in Roberto Mancini as manager and under the new coach, the club could finish 5th in the Premier League and also take part in the UEFA Europa League in the 2010-11 season. Before long, the results of the management bore fruit as they won their first major cup, the FA Cup, after 30 years. The club also secured a spot in the Champions League but after failing to replicate his success in the following season, he was dismissed and replaced with Manuel Pellegrini who was soon replaced by Barcelona Legend and former Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola in 2016 on a three-year contract.
Manchester City Under Pep Guardiola
Under Pep, the club had a massive surge in popularity, titles and trophies, with 11 titles and a 70% win rate in his six seasons spent at the club. The club has dominated the Premier League, winning four PL titles in five seasons. He finished the 2021-22 season with over 93 points, netting 99 goals and conceding just 26. Guardiola is the 4th coach in English football history to win the Premier League title four consecutive times in a 5 season period. He has transformed the squad into one of the best and most dangerous in England, recently signing the talented Erling Haaland. There is no doubt Pep Guardiola has turned a trophyless City into a trophy-winning machine, with more titles expected in his continued stay at the club.