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14 trophies in 4 seasons isnt bad but this guy inherited Xavi, Messi, Valdes, Puyol, Iniesta, Busquettes, Abidal, Pique, Alves, Keita, Eto'o and Pedro. I reckon Terry Connor could win the league with that lot!
Does anyone think that Guardiola will be able to get Spearing to be the new Iniesta or turn Dirk Kuyt into a 60 goal a season midget? No, I dont think so, this I guess means people think that he would bring in the right players to make them play a similar way so its worth having a look at his transfer history:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic - A snip at 46m Euros plus the (at the time) most prolific hitman in the world Eto'o, lets just call it 69m Euros for a guy they sold the next season for a bargain loss of 47m Euros. Makes Andy look good value.
Dmytro Chygrynskiy - Long term Puyol replacement bought from Shaktar for 27m Euros and took to the la liga like a long haired Jonathon Woodgate. Returned home after one season for a 12m Euro loss.
Henrique - 11m Euros from Palmeiras, spent 4 years out on loan with, wait for it, 0 appearances for Barcelona before being released on a free. Great defender.
Keirreson - £16m Euros for a striker who has been out on loan 5 times making a staggering 0 appearances, set to be released this summer.
Alex Hleb - 17m Euros from feeder club Arsenal, Hleb went on to score 0 goals for Barca before going out on loan and failing to perform at midlands giants Birmingham City. Now plying his trade in Russia having failed to bring in anything in the way of a transfer fee.
Martin Caceres - £16.5 m Euros from Villareal, 16 first team appearances then sold for 3m Euros, another great piece of business.
Javier Mascherano - £22m from ourselves is a lot of money for cover at centre half for a player who looked the best destructive midfielder since Makelele. Not really a flop but he is no centre half, as the in form Torres found out last week.
They cant all be bad, Villa was electric in the 1st half of his 1st season before hitting a 16 game drought as Guardiola pushed him out wide, started this season angry at being played wide and tipped to leave again this summer at a loss on their 40m Euro investment. Affelay was only 3m Euros and despite not having much impact, is sure to realise a profit when he is inevitably sold this year. Maxwell, Adriano, Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez have all been ok but not heavily influenced the side despite clearly being excellent players but at 80m Euros, you would expect a few of them to nail down starting berths!
Dani Alves is an undoubted success but at 35m Euros, you would expect a pretty tidy right back and as far as I can see is the only Guardiola signing who starts every week. People are getting very excited about the idea of him replacing Kenny but be careful what you wish for!
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Absolutely, he is definitely an excellent manager, I just dont think he is the right fit for us. For every flop he bought, he promoted a youth team player without reducing the quality, the difference was that he was maintaining a champions league and la liga winning side whereas at Liverpool, maintaining a 7/8th place side wont be a job well done. We need a good buyer not a reserve team promoter. Kenny is already doing that its just the talent pool at LFC;s academy isnt similar to Barcas!
Fair play Peter. You've highlighted my concerns exactly.
Managing Barcelona, to me, is not exactly proof that your a top class manager. Sure it's not an easy job with the levels of expectation there now but does he have the quality that's needed to rebuild a club. I doubt it as you've pointed out with some of their transfer dealings. In fact it seems that Abramovich wants Pep. He may go for the pay day as I fully expect him to fall on similar times to AVB. The job AVB started at Chelsea is still there and just got harder on year on.
Also Rijkaard hasn't done much since leaving Barca either remember.