BWP set for new deal
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester City look set to offer striker Bradley Wright-Phillips a long-term contract.Manchester City look set to offer striker Bradley Wright-Phillips a new long-term contract at Eastlands.
The 20-year-old signed a deal until the summer of 2007 back in December, but manager Stuart Pearce is keen to add Wright-Phillips to the list of City youngsters that have recently penned new contracts.
Pearce has tied down midfielder Stephen Ireland and defender Nedum Onuoha to new long-term deals and Wright-Phillips may be next in line to have a new contract offered to him.
"It's a case of ticking off the players we need to keep," Pearce said.
"Everyone I have spoken to so far has been desperate to stay here."
Pearce, meanwhile, is hoping his reign at City can last as long as Sir Alex Ferguson's tenure at arch-rivals Manchester United.
The former England left back revealed his admiration for managers who have served a single club for many years.
Pearce hopes to emulate the likes of Ferguson, Alan Curbishley and the late Brian Clough by staying at City for years to come.
"You look at Curbishley (at Charlton Athletic) and think he's knocked away at it for 10 years," he added.
"That fella down the road at United has done it. They are the people I consistently admire.
"It's like as a player, there's no point in flitting in and flitting out. Headlines one minute and the next, you're out of the side.
"Do it for five, ten, 15 or 20 years and you can look back and say, 'Hey, I had a go'.
"I'm reasonably respected in what I have done but I want to be around like Fergie, Curbs and Cloughie.
"I want to look back as a Manchester City manager who has been successful in the long term."