Manchester City’s new Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, has said today that it is an “honour” to join the club and have a chance to play a part in their future success.
In an exciting reshuffle for fans of City, Begiristain has replaced the much-derided Brian Marwood, who takes up a new managing director role in the club’s academy. The appointment appears to suggest that Roberto Mancini’s criticisms of Marwood for not landing his top targets has resonated, and that a concerted effort to reassert City as a dominant force in the transfer market is now underway.
Begiristain played a central role in the huge success at Barcelona, overseeing the transfers of Ronaldinho, Samuel Eto’o, Thierry Henry and David Villa, as well continuing the Catalan tradition of producing home-grown first-team players. He joins forces once again with City’s CEO Ferran Soriano, whom he worked with at Barca. City’s lacklustre summer transfer window may have frustrated many, but the club are seemingly putting in place a team they feel can support Mancini more adequately in the future.
Speaking to Sport, Begiristain said:
I’m satisfied with this exciting chance I have been given. Manchester City’s development and their successes in the pitch are obvious. I feel honoured I can be a part of the future successes.
I’m excited about the possibility of working with Marwood, Mancini and Soriano. We just want to build a team and a philosophy which can succeed not only at a short-term, but also at a long-term.