"If you’re the academy or reserve team manager at Manchester City, you must think: ‘I’m wasting my time,’" added Neville. Guardiola had already defended his decision by saying that he could not pick a player from City’s elite development squad as they had faced a game on the Friday night. But also took a fresh dig at Neville by making a disparaging reference to his disastrous four-month spell as manager of Valencia in 2016.
"If you're the Academy or reserve team manager at Manchester City you must think 'I'm wasting my time'." Gary Neville was not happy with Pep Guardiola for not taking seven substitutes to Burnley. https://t.co/liLF81YcWG pic.twitter.com/MEjhYPSFv0— Sky Sports PL (@SkySportsPL) February 3, 2018
"This guy, the pundit, he has to know my job is serious. It’s not a joke, never is it a joke. It’s so serious. And he should know that because he was a manager – for a short time." However, Guardiola refused to say he could refuse to name a full compliment of subs again in coming weeks. "Management is not a book where every time you do the same things," added the Catalan.
He was a manager...for a short time" ?? Pep Guardiola gets the last laugh on Gary Neville pic.twitter.com/hO7nJd1pRC— Goal UK (@GoalUK) February 10, 2018
"It’s not a book where you have to follow the rules. Sometimes I say: ‘OK, I take that decision.’ "And of course the prestigious pundit can say whatever he wants. But I take the decisions." Many pundits, including Neville and former England captain Alan Shearer, interpreted Guardiola’s decision as a protest against a number of dangerous challenges made on City players during recent matches.
? Last week Pep Guardiola named just six substitutes against Burnely ?️ Gary Neville: " I think it's a joke, an absolute joke." In today's press conference, Pep Guardiola finally got his chance to respond: ???https://t.co/XKMcCJH2Q6— SPORTbible (@sportbible) February 9, 2018
Leroy Sane was ruled out until mid-March after his ankle ligaments were damaged by a wild tackle from Joe Bennett during City’s FA Cup fourth-round win at Cardiff on January 28, while Kevin de Bruyne and Brahim Diaz were on the receiving end of bad challenges as West Brom were beaten in the Premier League three days later. Guardiola played down that suggestion, adding that in his decade-long coaching career he had always previously named a full bench. As well as Sane, Guardiola was missing Gabriel Jesus, David Silva, John Stones, Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph for the trip to Turf Moor.
Pep Guardiola swipes back at Gary Neville over 'absolute joke' substitute policy https://t.co/dwaxFAitcS— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) February 9, 2018
Mahrez remains unlikely to be involved when Leicester travel to face Guardiola's men on Saturday having only returned to training on Friday for the first time since January 30, when City’s reported £50m plus a player valued at £15m offer for the Algerian was rejected. "In all transfers, the clubs call the clubs, it’s simple like that. "After that we are not involved in absolutely anything. It’s a decision for the player and the club, not Manchester City."
Pep Guardiola has a guessing game for you - and a comment for Gary Neville... ? pic.twitter.com/2uxvbuvW3x— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 9, 2018