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DANNY MURPHY: Pep Guardiola isn't just a coaching genius... Manchester City are exceptional because he's the best at 'managing upwards' after the Citizens clinched a third successive crown

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Pep Guardiola is not only a coaching genius but also the best I’ve seen at ‘managing upwards’ — a hugely important part of the modern game.

He has a fantastic budget and players to work with, yet it’s not true that he gets everything he wants by clicking his fingers. He had his heart set on a top centre forward two years ago but City couldn’t get a deal over the line for Harry Kane or Cristiano Ronaldo.

Some managers would have spent weeks whingeing about it but there was no posturing from Pep. He just got on with things and found another way to win the league without a recognised striker!

Managers need a more complex set of skills today than ever before. They are part of a huge corporation liaising with a sporting director, chief executive, chairman, owners and large recruitment and medical departments, who will all have an opinion.

Guardiola has always been publicly supportive of his bosses, even during financial fair play investigations, and City’s success on the pitch is a reflection of the harmony off it. If there have been disagreements within the building, we don’t know about them. The world sees a united front thanks to Guardiola.

The relationships that Pep Guardiola has within the hierarchy at City have helped fuel his success story in Manchester

The relationships that Pep

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