Pep Guardiola says he hopes to emulate David Moyes’ longevity as a manager.

The Scot is masterminding West Ham’s surprise push for Champions League football with his side fourth in the Premier League after 25 games.

Guardiola has a lot of respect for Moyes

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Guardiola has a lot of respect for Moyes

Moyes, who has had managerial spells with Preston, Everton, Manchester United, Real Sociedad, Sunderland and West Ham since 1998, has been hailed by Man City boss Guardiola.

Speaking ahead of Man City’s clash with the Hammers on Saturday, which is LIVE on talkSPORT from 12.30pm, Guardiola said: “They are in the Champions League position.

“That is not just a good run for one month, it’s over many months, so that means they are strong.

“David Moyes – I admire this type of person, like Roy Hodgson. They have had incredibly long careers. I would love to have their long careers for many years and have this passion to be manager and to do the job.

“The season speaks for itself. The way he understands football, he does it perfectly.

West Ham will have a tough test trying to stop Man City, who have won 19 successive games

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West Ham will have a tough test trying to stop Man City, who have won 19 successive games

“He has a lot of experience. I dream of one day arriving in this position, where everything is calm. They live like a Buddha life – in good and bad moments they are calm.

“He always takes care of me. I cannot forget my first game in the Premier League was against Sunderland. He was the manager there and he was so kind, he gave me some advice about the Premier League.

“It’s a real tough game because all the big clubs have suffered against them and they are a good team.

“I have friends who are big supporters [of West Ham]… come on you Irons! So yeah, we will see what happens tomorrow.”

Asked what that advice was, Guardiola said: “Try to buy the best wine possible to invite the manager when you win the game!”

Man City will be looking to extend their winning run to a whopping 20 games against when they host West Ham.

But Guardiola, whose team are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table, remains unfazed by any potential records.

He said: “The challenge is not to do 20 or 21, the challenge is to beat West Ham. This is the only challenge that we have.

“The results and the run are a consequence of what we have to do day by day.”


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