Manchester City should make Pep Guardiola the first £1million-a-week manager in the world to prevent him being tempted away by a cash-rich rival, according to Tony Cascarino.
City have blown the competition away under Pep this season, they already have an 11-point lead at the top of the Premier League having dropped just two points in 16 games.
Cascarino, the former Celtic, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Marseille striker, believes City should hand Pep a deal that secures his long-term future at the Etihad – and would be more productive than forking out huge sums on new players, such as Alexis Sanchez.
It’s only the likes of Paris St-Germain, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United and his former club Barcelona who could afford the kind of wages to lure him away.
Cascarino said in The Times: “It’s hard to see how Guardiola can be stopped from dominating over the next few years, unless City let him slip through their fingers.
“I think Guardiola will become the first £1 million-a-week manager, and City need to recognise he is cheap at that price, and that there is a risk of losing him if they do not pay it.
“They would be far better off offering him that sort of deal than paying huge wages to sign Alexis Sanchez, the Chile forward, from Arsenal.
“Who is going to have a greater impact on City’s team?”