Man City chief Soriano: Txiki and I are a partnership

Manchester City chief Ferran Soriano has explained his relationship with football director Txiki Begiristain. Soriano insists Begiristain does not report to him.

Manchester City chief Ferran Soriano has explained his relationship with football director Txiki Begiristain.

Soriano insists Begiristain does not report to him.

"Our relationship is not a relationship of one man reporting to the other, it’s collaboration. It’s impossible for Txiki to develop a squad and a concept of football that’s not in line with what the manager wants, so they will work together on this. But at the same time we want someone working at the club who will govern the essence of what we do.

"We are not changing the culture of the club. I know that Roberto Mancini complained about [Begiristain’s predecessor] Brian Marwood but I saw them working together. The difference in role between football director and the manager is that the director of football has, and has to have, a long-term view.

"So what we are asking him to do is build a squad, but also football concepts, and a way of working that will last for the next 10 years. We want to play good football, beautiful football. We want a good show."

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