Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Guardiola's Old Kidd on the Block

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Guardiola's Old Kidd on the Block

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BRIAN Kidd doesn't do many interviews, in part because he's been brought up not to blab, but he also can't believe anyone would want to hear what he has to say.

As the Amazon cameras captured every gesture of Pep Guardiola last season, one of his trusted lieutenants was seldom seen in the hours of footage and heard even less frequently.

That the Catalan is the third City manager in a row to deem Kidd worth keeping at close quarters is no coincidence.

With more than 50 years of experience in football, the veteran has seen more than most in the game and that is invaluable. A club insider remembers a talk from the assistant in the 2012 title race that helped convince a downtrodden Roberto Mancini that United would offer the Blues a chance to catch them in that famous title race.

'Don't think it's done' was the message and history soon followed.

So important to the club has Kidd been that City fought to keep him in 2016 when Jose Mourinho wanted him at United, with Guardiola explaining that the veteran would help him get to know the players and the league. Two years on and he is still going strong, a man that says he can barely turn his phone on connecting with the Snapchatting and Instagramming multi-millionaire 20-somethings in the first-team squad by treating them as normal human beings.

"From the playing side, with the super players we've had, it still hasn't got that galactico thing. Everybody is so humble and has a lot of empathy and warmth," he said.

"With my background, I've never been starry-eyed. Coming through at United, you had Denis Law, [Sir] Bobby Charlton and Georgie Best who you would say were the three figureheads so there was never anything there that you got carried away with.

"It just seemed natural so if you were to mention anybody coming in, with respect, I wouldn't be overawed by it because you have to be yourself right away. …

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