Giovanni van Bronckhorst ‘handed access-all-areas role at Manchester City’ as club begin preparations for life after Pep Guardiola
- Manchester City have offered Giovanni van Bronckhorst wide remit at the club
- He has been at the club for a month during year-long coaching sabbatical
- Club are preparing for Pep Guardiola leaving when his contract expires in 2021
Manchester City have given Giovanni van Bronckhorst a wide-ranging position within the club’s backroom team as they start to plan for life after Pep Guardiola, according to The Mirror.
Van Bronckhorst left his role as manager of Feyenoord at the end of last season and had planned to take a year’s sabbatical from football.
However, after initially spending a month behind the scenes at the Etihad, he has now signed a contract with Manchester City.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst signed a contract with Manchester City to work behind the scenes
The plan is for the former Holland international to remain at the club for as long as possible, with an eye on the eventual departure of Guardiola.
The Spaniard has a contract running until 2021 and talks have yet to begin over what lies beyond that.
Having initially worked as assistant to Ronald Koeman, van Bronckhorst took charge of Feyenoord in March 2015 and lifted the Eredivisie title in 2017, plus two Dutch Cups.
Van Bronckhorst is familiar to key Manchester City decision makers chief executive Feran Soriano and sporting director Txiki Begiristain having spent time together at Barcelona after joining from Arsenal in 2003.
The hope is he may follow a path like Patrick Vieira, who had a similar arrangement after retiring in 2011 and worked with the club’s development teams before taking over New York City FC.
The club are planning for life after Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires in 2021