It would be ‘a kick in the teeth’ for Pep Guardiola if Manchester City fail to qualify for the Champions League – Shay Given

Shay Given has told talkSPORT it would be ‘a disaster’ if his former club Manchester City failed to secure Champions League football for Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge at the club.

Rumours this week claim there is no back-out clause in the manager’s contract, meaning Guardiola will definitely be at City next season, whether or not they book their place at Europe’s top table.

Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to rivals Manchester United has dented City’s top-four hopes, with West Ham and the Red Devils now knocking on the door just one point behind the Blues in fifth and sixth place respectively.

Guardiola has never managed in the Europa League, and former City stopper Given believes it would be an embarrassment if he is forced to drop down into Europe’s secondary competition in his first campaign at the Etihad Stadium.

Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Pep Guardiola is a manager who has always been in the Champions League, so it would a real kick in the teeth if Manchester City don’t finish in the top four this season.

“I don’t imagine Guardiola will fancy the Europa League too much, but that’s the reality of it all.

“City need to get some big results from now until the end of the season, otherwise they might not finish in the top four and that would be a disaster for them.”

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