Tim Sheaff takes a look at five potential replacements for Manuel Pellegrini after Manchester City lost 1-0 to Burnley on Saturday and dropped further behind league leaders Chelsea.
City have failed to replicate the free-flowing, sometimes unplayable football of last season. Their recent form has seen any hope of consecutive Premier League titles slip away as they lie five points behind Chelsea who have two games in hand.
They will also be hoping for a miracle if they want to come away from their midweek trip to the Camp Nou with a positive result. As a result, all attention has turned to the manager and there’s a real possibility Manuel Pellegrini will be replaced at the end of the season. Here are 5 of his possible replacements:
The fiery Argentine has worked wonders at Athletico Madrid over the past few seasons – beating footballing giants Real Madrid and Barcelona to win La Liga last season and getting the very best out of his players.
It’s no secret that the hierarchy at Man City are admirers of the tactical genius but with Guardiola determined to see out his contract at Bayern Munich could they lure him to the North West?
The veteran manager is under similar pressure at Real Madrid, his side being booed off after their midweek Champions League match against Schalke – even though they qualified! He may be available in the summer and he’s certainly a proven candidate.
Klopp’s Dortmund side got off to a very unconvincing start to their Bundersliga campaign this season but Klopp has certainly proved himself as an incredibly talented manager at Dortmund and he would certainly be a breath of fresh air at City.
With his contract at Napoli running out at the end of the season and proven Premier League credentials, Benitez could well be who City turn to if more favourable candidates are unobtainable.