Pep Guardiola snubbed for Catalan manager award
Pep Guardiola snubbed for Catalan manager award

Manchester City’s ridiculously good start to the season has many people calling Pep Guardiola the best manager in world football.

The 46-year-old is almost universally acknowledged as one of the best in the business and he has built his side into a majestic machine in his second season in Manchester.

Yet, Guardiola seems to be a little less appreciated in his home region of Catalonia.

The Catalan Football Federation announced the winners of their annual awards on Monday and Guardiola was not among them.

In fact, the Manchester City manager was not even second.

AS Saint-Étienne’s Óscar García was named best Catalan manager for the 2016/2017 season, winning 48% of the total vote.

Barça B’s Gerard López came in second place after leading his side to promotion to the Segunda División.

Guardiola failed to win anything in his maiden campaign in charge at Manchester City but it’s still pretty amazing that he only collected 24% of the vote.

One Manchester City man did win big at the awards, however, as young right-back Pablo Maffeo was named the rising star of Catalan football. The 20-year-old is currently spending a second term on loan at Girona.

Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto won the best player award.