Pep Guardiola’s man-management criticised by Danny Mills, who says ‘personal attack’ on Joe Hart was ‘unnecessary’ as details of goalkeeper’s departure from Man City emerge March 31, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer

Pep Guardiola’s ‘personal’ attack on Joe Hart was ‘unnecessary’, says Danny Mills, who criticised the Manchester City boss’ man-management.

Mills was referring to an interview Hart gave where he revealed details of the conversation he had with Guardiola which led to his departure from the Etihad Stadium in 2016.

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Guardiola deemed Hart surplus to requirements when first arriving at City

Hart claims Guardiola told him he wasn’t able to do the things that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss wanted from his goalkeepers.

And this didn’t sit well with Mills, who believes Guardiola should’ve handled the situation better.

“I think he maybe went too far in what he was saying and the way he said it,” Mills told talkSPORT.

“If you don’t fancy a player and don’t want him, fine, you can be honest with him but there’s no need to attack him personally.

“You don’t have to go ‘you’re past it, your body doesn’t do this anymore, you’re no good’, that’s unnecessary. Just say ‘in my opinion, I don’t think you’re good enough anymore.’ End of. You don’t need to hammer it home.

“That’s not great management, do you think Joe Hart kept that to himself? You don’t think he told his mates and his teammates? They’ll think ‘this new manager’s a bit of a BLEEP.’


Guardiola is known for demanding perfection from this players

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Guardiola is known for demanding perfection from this players

Hart has struggled to settle down at a club since leaving City

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Hart has struggled to settle down at a club since leaving City

“That’s not good man-management for the whole team. Does he not think that’s not going to go any further?”

How should Guardiola have handled it? Well, Mills believes he should take a leaf out of Sven Goran Eriksson’s book.

Mills heaped huge praise on the former England manager for how up front he was when telling him he was no longer part of his plans at City.

“I had one of those conversations at Man City… I’d been out for a long time, nearly two years,” Mills added.

“Sven came in and they’d just brought in Vedran Corluka for about £8million, which was a lot for a right-back.

“Sven just pulled me in and said: ‘I really appreciate what you’ve done in the past, but you’ve been out for a while, and as far as I’m concerned I’ve bought this new right-back and he’s playing. If he’s fit, he’s playing and you’re unlikely to play this season. If you want to stay I have no issue with that whatsoever. I know you’re a good lad, if you want to stay on the bench… you might get on every now and then.’

“He then said: ‘Or if you want to get a move or go on loan then I have no issue with that whatsoever. I’ll leave it down to you, I’m happy either way.’

“I admired his honesty and I thanked him for that because not every manager fancies you as a player… I’d rather a manager be up front and give me the options rather than say ‘keep trying, you might get in.’ False hope is no hope.

“He did it in the right manner, he didn’t slaughter me.”

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