Hart opens up on having Man City career ‘taken away’ by Guardiola

Date published: Monday 28th March 2022 10:42 - Jason Soutar

Joe Hart and Pep Guardiola in discussion during a training session

Joe Hart has opened up on the savage discussion he had with Pep Guardiola which saw his Manchester City career come to an end.

The Celtic goalkeeper was first choice at the Etihad before Guardiola replaced Manuel Pellegrini.

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He won two Premier Leagues, two League Cups and one FA Cup with the Citizens before spells with Torino, West Ham, Burnley and Tottenham.

Guardiola’s arrival in the summer of 2016 was the end of the road for Hart in Manchester, with the Spanish manager keen to use a ‘keeper who thrived with the ball at their feet.

And the former England No. 1 has opened up on the discussion, revealing that he ‘wasn’t what Guardiola wanted in a goalkeeper’.

Hart told In The Stiffs podcast (via the Daily Star): “I wanted to get in the door and have this conversation. He was very knowledgeable on my background, very knowledgeable on what we did, how I played football, it was a two-hour conversation that kind of ended with him saying ‘I can’t see this working’.

“I said ‘I don’t agree with you’. He said ‘I’ll be the first person to be proved wrong but what I see in you isn’t what I want from my goalkeeper’.

“I was like ‘It’s only fair I be given the opportunity’. He said ‘of course you’ll be given the opportunity, but…’. As soon as there are any ‘buts’ at the end you know there’s a decision.

“I wanted the opportunity to be coached by one of the best at it. Of course I didn’t know how to do it, why would I know how to do something that I’d never been asked to do or taught to do?

“I suppose he was right, I couldn’t do it, he couldn’t just drop me into a team to play like he wanted to at that moment in time. It was taken away from me, but so what?

“I’m not bigger than anyone and if that’s my path then that’s my path. The people of Manchester City will forever be in my heart, I’ll forever be grateful for that, but the team, the hierarchy, they’re businessmen.”

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