According to Sunday Mirror Sport, the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is now in control of a Catalan power base at the Etihad, that some insiders think he is now “unsackable”.
City’s chief executive is Ferran Soriano and their director of football is Txiki Begiristain, both of whom Guardiola has worked with during his spell at Barcelona.
It is even rumoured that Spanish has become the first language inside the dressing room and the club’s corridors of power.
Although Guardiola claims he is under pressure
like every other manager, reports calim his position at City is already so entrenched alongside the men who run the club, on behalf of Sheikh Mansour and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.
An insider said: “So much time, energy and money has been spent on Project Pep that no Plan B has been put in place if it doesn’t work.
“The fortunes of Ferran and Txiki are now totally entwined with the fortunes of Pep that the whole thing would come tumbling down if any of them left. If one goes, they all go.
“Think of what happened at Man United when Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill both left – then times that chaos by 10.
“One of the attractions for Pep, before he came to Manchester, was the chance to work with men he trusts totally and the power he would be afforded.
“But the structure is built on the premise that he can’t fail. What happens if it goes wrong? It would be like going back to year zero, before the takeover happened.
“It feels like they want to just bring Barcelona to Manchester instead of building Manchester City.”