Pep Guardiola is currently in the fifth year of his contract at Manchester City which is due to expire at the end of the season.
According to Manchester Evening News, City are stalling over a new deal because they don’t want to pressurize Guardiola into staying and are willing to wait until he makes a decision by himself.
So who can realistically get to sit on the Etihad hot seat as Guardiola’s successor?
Below are three managers who are worthy of taking over the mantle from Guardiola.
1. Max Allegri
The former Juventus manager has not managed a team since being let go by the Italian giants in 2019.
He was a serial winner with the Italians, winning five Serie A titles, pushing them to two Champions League finals and multiple domestic cups.
Under him, Juve became a winning machine.
These factors would no doubt appeal to Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, who would want a manager with a winning mentality.
2. Mauricio Pochettino
While Pochettino may be in talks with the other the Red Devils, he can be a good fit for the Blues as well.
Pochettino was sacked last year by Spurs after and since then he has been waiting for the perfect opportunity.
Man City may be exactly that.
Pochettino is used to working with stringent transfer funds, something he won’t have to face at City.
The only drawback would be his lack of trophies but given City’s resources, that could change easily.
3. Marcelino Toral
The way he resurrected Valencia’s fortunes was nothing short of a miracle.
Two 4th-place finishes and a Copa Del Rey in 2019 with a dysfunctional team that he took over is no mean feat.
Even if he isn’t City’s first choice, he shouldn’t be very far from it.
He has been the manager of Villareal and Sevilla in the past.
In all fairness, Marcelino is worthy of being an option for City should others not work out.