Manchester City staff profiles
Written by Simon Austin — March 31, 2018
Pen pics of Manchester City's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff. To see the staff profiles for other clubs, click here.
MANAGER & HEADS OF DEPARTMENT
A disciple of Johan Cruyff and a linchpin of the Dutchman's European Cup winning Barcelona side. Graduated from La Masia to manage the side, leading them to unprecedented levels of success, with three La Ligas, three Copa del Reys and two Champion League titles. Won three league titles with Bayern Munich, though not the Champions League. Arrived at City in the summer of 2016.
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
A fine player, who was capped 22 times by Spain. Worked as technical director at Barcelona from 2008 to 2010. Brought to City by his old boss Ferran Soriano, who is now CEO at the club.
HEAD OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE
Joined City in summer of 2011 as Head of Sports Science after seven years in the same role with Spurs. Went on to become Global Lead for Human Performance with City, overseeing their network of clubs. Worked with England at Euro 2016.
HEAD OF SPORTS MEDICINE
City's long-standing team doctor. Despite the recruitment of Eduardo Mauri (below) and regular rumours about his future following Guardiola's arrival, Sala remains. A graduate of the University of Ferrara in Italy.
A European Cup winner with Manchester United, who was assistant manager of the Reds for seven years. Joined City in the same role in 2009. Guardiola kept him on to "help me to get to know the players."
Guardiola's most trusted lieutenant, who can be seen alongside him on the bench on matchday. Managed Palamos and Girona in Spain before becoming Guardiola's assistant at Barcelona B in 2008. With him ever since.
Spent five seasons as a player at Arsenal, having also played for Rangers and Everton. Brought to City by Guardiola in summer of 2016. Currently completing his Uefa Pro Licence.
Promoted from Academy Technical Director, a role he had held since 2014, by Guardiola last summer. Previously Technical Director and Head of Coaching at Liverpool's Academy.
Brought to City by Manuel Pellegrini, with whom he had worked at Malaga. Former Majorca goalkeeper kept on at Etihad by Guardiola.
Worked with Guardiola at Barca B, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Says Guardiola likes to sit down with him as soon as he can after a match has finished to analyse it on the laptop.
HEAD OF PLAYER SUPPORT & PROTOCOL
An unusual job title but a crucial role: Estiarte is Guardiola's mentor and sounding board. Guardiola once said: "Managers are very, very alone. It is good for me to have him here." The Catalan was once Spain's finest water polo player and won gold at the 1996 Olympics.
Worked with Guardiola at Barcelona and Bayern. Oversees the team and individual fitness programmes. Regarded as crucial to the high-energy, fast-pressing style of the manager.
MEDICAL & SPORTS SCIENCE
Hails from Blackrock in Dublin, where he played at a semi-pro level. Joined City from STATSports. Worked for Croatia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Worked with Guardiola at Barcelona, where she spent four seasons. Left in 2012 but continued to work with Lionel Messi afterwards. Personal friend of Chief Executive Ferran Soriano and Director of Football Txiqui Begiristain
Joined City last summer. Played for Espanyol before qualifying as a doctor and working for them in that capacity. Went on to Qatar national team and AS Eupen in Belgium. Another Catalan on the staff.
Started out as an analyst for HSBC before moving into psychology. Worked for English Institute of Sport prior to joining City in August 2015. Also a director of Mindflick, a private company providing coaching and consultancy for business executives.
SOFT TISSUE THERAPIST
Played in the lower leagues as a striker and centre half. Retrained as a sports therapist with the PFA and has previously worked with Bolton and Newcastle.
Moved to the club in July 2014, having previously worked in Italy.
Has been at City since July 2007. Also works as a sports therapist with the Welsh national team.
Completed a decade at City in October 2017. Promoted to Head Physio under Roberto Mancini. Originally from Jersey, where he played for amateur side Jersey Scottish.
Qualified osteopath who previously worked at Lazio and Palermo in Italy.
LEAD PERFORMANCE ANALYST
Formerly Head of Performance Analysis at Scunthorpe. Joined City in September 2011 and was promoted to Lead Performance Analyst in August 2016.
Succeeded Rands as Head of Performance Analysis at Scunthorpe, then joined him at City in September 2014.
Joined from Reading in March 2013, initially as assistant analyst. Promoted to opposition analyst in July 2014.
Hired from sister club NAC Breda in January 2018. Worked for Brentford for a year and is an expert in the expected goals model.