Manchester City grabbed the spotlight in the January transfer window as they announced the appointment of Pep Guardiola as the manager who will replace Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad next season.
On a day which is usually known for crazy player transfers, Pellegrini announced during his weekly press briefing that he will be stepping down from his post to facilitate Guardiola’s much anticipated arrival on June 30, 2016.
While the contents of the revelations were hardly surprising, given the deluge of speculation about Pellegrini’s position, the timing was surprising for almost all the football enthusiasts.
The entire football community was caught completely off guard and the shock was completely visible on Twitter.
Guardiola to City confirmed. Oh my days. Meanwhile #MUFC cutting academy and scouting staff.... Thrilling.— paul galvin (@pgal10) February 1, 2016
Reaction of Man City fans when finding out Pep will be their manager next year… https://t.co/kHeZtlPOdZ— Football Funnys (@FootballFunnys) February 1, 2016
Well done to Man City - I think Pep Guardiola could be your best manager since you were first formed ....in 2008 :-)— terry christian (@terrychristian) February 1, 2016
Even the football experts decided to express their views on the social media platform.
Breaking news. Manchester City confirm the worst kept secret in football: Pep Guardiola will be their coach next season.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) February 1, 2016
Pep signing for City has really messed up my day. His records at Barca & Bayern are unreal..he goes anywhere close to them heights & its😢😢— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) February 1, 2016