With Pep Guardiola already in position at Manchester City and with the imminent arrival of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, experts are expecting a strong boost to Manchester’s economy.
Having two of the world’s most famous football managers in one city is sure to attract a lot of interest from the world’s sporting press and with the obsession of the Far East with the Premier League, especially Manchester United, football tourism will be set to sky rocket.
Interestingly, with Manchester United missing out on the Champions League next season, the £50 million that is forecast to have been lost by their omission will quickly be compensated for by the big surge in season ticket renewals and sale of merchandise when Mourinho takes the helm.
The arrival of Mourinho is expected to attract high profile player recruitment that will put them in a strong position for a title challenge and getting back into the Champions League. His ongoing rivalry with Guardiola is also predicted to generate significant worldwide interest as eyes turn towards Manchester to see the latest instalment.
Both Manchester City and in particular Manchester United both command a worldwide fan base and football tourism is already a big feature in the city, bringing thousands of tourists every year. The Jose and Pep effect is sure to have an even greater impact on this.
So, will Jose and Pep boost Manchester’s economy? The short answer to that is a resounding YES. As the profile of the city grows on the world stage, investors take notice and the economy is sure to benefit.