Pep Guardiola calls fan club chief Kevin Parker who told him to “stick to football”
“I’m not going to apologize… I hope Mr. Parker will be there”: Pep Guardiola refuses to back down on taunts against Man City supporters but admits “if I’m a problem with my fans maybe I will retire “
- Pep Guardiola called on Manchester City fans to watch their Southampton clash
- His comments came after City beat RB Leipzig to empty Etihad seats
- The club’s fan group called his comments “disappointing” and “unwarranted”
- Town boss Guardiola defended his comments and said he would not apologize
- He said he would leave the club if he was a problem for the fans
Pep Guardiola’s row with Manchester City fans escalated on Friday as the manager refused to back down from his comments about their support.
The manager has come under fire after urging fans to show up in larger numbers for today’s clash with Southampton after 38,062 watched City beat RB Leipzig at the Etihad on Wednesday.
Kevin Parker, general secretary of the club’s official supporters group, suggested that Guardiola was offline. The Catalan claimed on Friday to have been misunderstood.
Pep Guardiola won’t apologize for comments calling on fans to attend Southampton game
City fan club general secretary Kevin Parker criticized Guardiola for being disconnected, but the Catalan held on
“Mr. Parker should revisit the comments,” Guardiola said. “I’m not going to apologize to him, absolutely not. I’m not going to apologize for what I said. I love this club, I’m part of this club, otherwise I wouldn’t be in my sixth season here.
“That’s why I’m so upset and cranky and disappointed this guy pretends to tell me what to say and what to do.” I know exactly what my intentions were. When people aren’t happy with me, I’ll leave. If I am having a problem with the fans, I will step down.
“We need everyone together, our players and supporters, to do our best. I know our fans will be there to support us tomorrow and I hope Mr. Parker can come and see us.
Pep Guardiola has been asked to stick to training after commenting on Manchester City crowd
City have the sixth-highest average appearance in the Premier League, but that drops dramatically for Champions League group matches.
Guardiola has already referred to the atmosphere and the attendance, and Sportsmail understands that City have received complaints from supporters following their latest comments.
“Did I say after the game against Leipzig that I was disappointed because the stadium was not full?” Interpretation is interpretation, ”added Guardiola, who also suggested that ticket prices are too high in high-end football.
There were around 17,000 empty seats for City’s Champions League win over RB Leipzig
City took a 6-3 win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday despite empty seats
“That’s why I’m asking for more quality than quantity – fewer games will be better for everyone,” he said. “What I would like are the right prices for the fans, but I’m not involved in that.”
Ruben Dias was City captain against Leipzig after being elected to the club’s management group.
Players are elected each year to pick their five captains – and Raheem Sterling has dropped out in the only change from last season. Sterling has not started a game since the opening week loss to Tottenham.