Noel Gallagher has told talkSPORT new Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has not come to England ‘just pick up a cheque’ and insists the Spaniard will strive for move glory in charge at the Etihad.
Guardiola has officially begun his role as City boss having been confirmed as Manuel Pellegrini’s successor back in February.
Having won six league titles, four cup competitions and two Champions League crowns with previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Guardiola is expected to turn an inconsistent City side into a force on a domestic and European stage.
Rock legend Gallagher was one of the first to meet and interview the coach at the club’s training ground, and he joined Monday’s Sports Bar show to discuss the encounter.
“I was really impressed by him,” the High Flying Birds frontman told Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy.
“He’s got that glint in his eye and he’s really young. Most managers come across like school teachers and prison wardens, but Pep feels like he’s one of the lads.
“I was asking him how the current squad would fare and how he’d know if players were going to be with him or not, and he just said: ‘I can smell it on them. I can literally smell it on them’.
“He said it wouldn’t take him long to figure out who is great and who isn’t, who he needs and who he doesn’t.
“Pep has got a legacy to protect, he’s not going to go there to just pick up the cheque and say, ‘oh well that was fun in England’.
“He’s going to want to come and win everything in the first season. That’s the thing I got off him.
“You look into his eyes, and he’s like a Jedi!”
Listen to the full interview here.