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Opinion: Man City have just confirmed the identity of Pep Guardiola’s successor

The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have been reacting to the news that Domenec Torrent has left his position as Guardiola’s assistant and moved to New York City to replace Patrick Vieira in the past 24 hours. 

The growth of the City Football Group project in recent years has become one of the most intriguing developments of the modern footballing era and a genuine indicator of the direction in which the game is heading. A modern, classy and meticulously thought-out project by nature, CFG are slowly laying the foundations for world domination with Man City at the epicentre of their plans.

Patrick Vieira joined City towards the end of his playing career and slotted into the coaching team following his retirement, and his rapid development took another landmark step this week as he took the reigns at Nice for his first managerial role in European football. The Frenchman’s appointment left a vacancy open at New York City which Guardiola’s loyal and trusted assistant Domenec Torrent has duly taken, paving the way for Mikel Arteta to step into Torrent’s shoes next season.

No official announcement has yet been made regarding Torrent’s replacement, but Arteta appears to be his natural successor at this moment in time, and if that eventually proves to be the case then the domino chain of events should prove that the Spaniard is being nurtured to take over from Guardiola when his contract expires in 2021. Arteta was reportedly close to joining Arsenal last month before Unai Emery was confirmed as Arsene Wenger’s successor, but the reason for the Gunners decision to move for Emery instead has never been explicitly revealed.

With that being said, it’s likely that Arteta was encouraged to remain at the Etihad and continue his development alongside Guardiola where he is well-placed to understand the long-term philosophy the CFG hierarchy are eager to implement. It’s clear that the long-term strategy is at the heart of everything which happens at City; the signings of Ederson, Jesus, Mendy, Silva and even Walker in 2017 which focused on bringing talented youth players to the club served to emphasise that point, and the recent events at management level have been made using the same thought-processes.

Whilst working alongside City’s young and talented squad on the training ground, Arteta is perfectly placed to build strong relationships with the current players and establish an extensive understanding of their strengths and weaknesses to give him the best possible chance of succeeding Guardiola in three years time.

If City wanted Torrent to succeed Guardiola then Arteta could easily have been chosen to manage New York City, but the shock decision to move Guardiola’s assistant of 11 years to the club is indicative of the strategy in place which has been designed for the 36-year-old Spaniard to follow in his compatriots footsteps and eventually take the reigns at the Etihad.

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