Some Manchester City fans are not pleased with the way their superstar new coach Pep Guardiola has been treating Joe Hart. The criticism started to pour in after Guardiola decided to leave Hart on the bench for his first few games at the helm.
Willy Caballero appears to have gained the favor of Pep Guardiola. The position in front of the net has been comfortably occupied by Joe Hart for the past 10 seasons in Manchester City. However, recent games show that Guardiola is getting ready to show the club legend the exit door.
When City played against Sunderland over the weekend, Caballero was named to man the goal. On Tuesday, Guardiola proved that he means to keep Hart on the bench by calling on Caballero once again to start for Manchester City’s Champions League Play Off match against Steaua Bucharest.
Despite the impressive 5-0 win against the Romanian team, the victory was overshadowed by the fans’ reaction to Hart’s absence. Social media exploded with violent reactions to Guardiola’s decision. While some agreed with the call, many fans called Guardiola “disrespectful.” Several supporters also tried to remind the team’s new manager about Hart’s previous contributions to the team’s recent success. Some fans went as far as insulting Caballero’s abilities in an attempt to show Joe Hart some support.
@Zacaldinho1 slating Joe Hart. Come on lol. Trust the manager but don’t disrespect city legends.
— Zac (@Zacaldinho1) August 16, 2016
If you’re going to replace Joe Hart, at least replace him with a keeper that’s better than him. Anything other than that is disrespect.
— Di Rebelist (@DiStarrEnu) August 14, 2016
— Eric Henderson (@Captainkook94) August 16, 2016
Regardless of the criticism, Guardiola appears determined to stick to his strategy. In an interview shared by Give Me Sport, he expressed his desire to keep using the younger players, as they anticipate more intense games. Yaya Toure is another player who has been affected by Guardiola’s arrival. Both he and Joe Hart could be spending more time on the bench than they are used to.