Jamie Carragher cautions that Man City could be forever enveloped by the weight of their 115 FFP charges, despite Pep Guardiola’s squad edging towards a remarkable fourth consecutive Premier League crown

Jamie Carragher cautions that Man City could be forever enveloped by the weight of their 115 FFP charges, despite Pep Guardiola’s squad edging towards a remarkable fourth consecutive Premier League crown

Jamie Carragher believes Man City will never get the respect they fully deserve whilst the cloud of 115 charges hangs over the club.

Pep Guardiola’s side will lift a fourth straight Premier League title with victory over West Ham on Sunday, something no other team has managed in the competition’s history.

But the former Liverpool star believes the ongoing financial investigation surrounding Man City means that they will never be fully appreciated for their current success in the Premier League.

In a comment column for The Telegraph, Carragher argues that Manchester City ‘are the best Premier League side this country has ever seen’, and dubs Guardiola ‘the greatest manager of the modern era’ for winning six titles at the club, if they prevail at the weekend. 

However, they remain under investigation for the 115 charges, a list of alleged offences ‘so huge, it has created a legal minefield with the club disputing each allegation’, Carragher claims, before branding the ongoing issue as ‘a public relations disaster’ for City.

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Carragher noted: ‘Guardiola should be celebrated for his genius by neutrals as well as City fans. But whether he and his club likes it or not, City will never escape the shadow of those allegations until they are dealt with, the years of legal wrangling still preventing the club from clearing its name.

‘That is what baffles me about the whole sordid affair. When accusations are made against any individuals or institutions who have absolute certainty in their innocence, you would usually expect the demand of those involved to arrange a hearing at the earliest opportunity. Where is the statement from City expressing frustration or fury that the process is taking so long?’

The lengthy legal process has led the 46-year-old former Reds star to believe ‘too many insults’ are being directed at the ‘brilliant manager and his extraordinary team’, without knowledge of how Manchester City was run during the years in question. 

He adds that ‘Guardiola deserves better than lifting his sixth Premier League under such a cloud’, and that while the Citizens should acclaimed for their coaching and technical work, ‘the jury is out’ on the status of the club’s historic achievements. 

Carragher concluded: ‘Unfortunately, we have waited too long for a jury, or Premier League commission, to even begin to consider that verdict.’

Manchester City are awaiting the outcome of 115 charges brought against them by the Premier League at the start of 2023, for regulation breaches from the 2009-10 season onwards. The league adopted FFP rules in 2013.  

The charges include claims over financial reporting, and a lack of co-operation with a Premier League investigation which was opened in 2018. 

Premier League CEO Richard Masters said a trial date for Man City’s case was set in January, but it has not yet been revealed when it would take place.

Mail Sport reported last year that the ‘trial of the century’ was pencilled in for late 2024, with a verdict not expected until at least the summer of 2025. 

Man City can win a fourth Premier League title in a row with victory over West Ham on Sunday

Man City can win a fourth Premier League title in a row with victory over West Ham on Sunday 

Man City deny any wrongdoing in relation to alleged regulation breaches from 2009 onwards

Man City deny any wrongdoing in relation to alleged regulation breaches from 2009 onwards

Manchester City deny any wrongdoing.

Before Man City’s crucial win against Spurs which took them back to the top of the Premier League table, beIN Sports presenter Richard Keys laid out the 115 charges, after claiming their four-in-a-row glory ‘comes with an asterisk’.  

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