Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola celebrates after Manchester City's English midfielder Raheem Sterling scores his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Southampton at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on November 29, 2017. Manchester City won the match 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / Lindsey PARNABY / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

In the football league era, the club appointed 47 managers; more than 40 were in charge of team selection, including the pre-season head coach and temporary assistants. As of December, 2021, Manchester City’s most successful manager is current manager Pep Guardiola, who has won 10 trophies in the five years between 2016 and 2021 and is among the best in terms of win percentage and match win percentage. During his six years in charge, Mercer became the club’s most successful trophy-winning manager, winning the league title, FA Cup, League Cup, and European Cup Winners’ Cup. Joe Mercer won four trophies in six years from 1965 to 1971, and he was Manchester City‘s most successful manager in terms of significant awards.

After being sacked by Manchester City in 2013, Mancini played briefly at Inter Milan and Zenit St Petersburg before becoming Italy coach. Roberto Mancini is the man who guided Manchester City to their first Premier League title in 2012 and their first FA Cup in more than four years. On 6 July 2007, Sven-Goran Eriksen became Manchester City’s first manager outside the British Isles, replacing Stuart Pierce, who was sacked after two years as a goalkeeper.

Mancini later became one of the club’s most successful coaches of modern times and the first since the 1970s to win major national trophies. Wild became the club’s longest-serving manager, winning the FA Cup and the league championship in his fourteen-year tenure. He was City‘s longest-serving manager and the club’s most successful manager in the period before Mercer. Wild was also the first manager to win the Blues a league title and the first Manchester manager to win the FA Cup at Wembley. 

In 2003, Manchester City beat Liverpool at Anfield. It took four points from Manchester United (their previous victory in the Manchester derby was in September 1989), comfortably cementing their Premier League status by finishing ninth place. The title-winning season was also notable for scoring, with Manchester City scoring 151 goals in all competitions, an English football record. 

The latter’s victory was only two in 11 consecutive Premier League games. Hughes left City ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester United; he was sacked on 19 December 2009 by Roberto Mancini took over. On September 1, 2008, Manchester City was taken over by the Abu Dhabi United Venture Rally. Hughes could use many moving props to let Manchester City break the British transaction record and sign Robinho from Real Madrid for £32.5 million. In late spring 2009, Hughes added Aston Villa’s Gareth Barry, Blackburn’s Roque Santa Cruz, Arsenal’s Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure. Carlos Tevez joined Manchester United two years after his manager put it off for a few years.