Pep Guardiola says he agrees with the highly ridiculed remarks made by the newly appointed Sam Allardyce after taking over at Elland Road.

Allardyce gained attention for declaring he was “up there” with Guardiola, Mikel Arteta, and Jurgen Klopp as a manager after taking over for Javi Gracia in the final four games of the campaign.

Guardiola has poured admiration on his adversary, agreeing with his statements and applauding other seasoned English managers in employment at the end of the current season, as Leeds visits Manchester City on Saturday in Allardyce’s debut game.

“It will be tough [vs Leeds]. He has the charisma, will put on the pressure to the players, and knows exactly what to do in these relegation battles. It looks like these types of old managers, now people with 35, 40, 45, ‘we invent football’. No, football is already created. These guys belong to the league, help us to do it. Neil Warnock, Huddersfield was last place and is now already out of the dangerous positions.

“What Harry Redknapp has done in this country. There are many English managers who have done really well, you don’t have to be young to be a good manager. As much experience you have, you are good.”

Manchester City welcome Leeds United on Saturday in a must win tie for both teams.

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