With Jose Mourinho recently departing the Stamford Bridge dug-out in rather dramatic circumstances, and Louis van Gaal looking more and more out of his depth at Old Trafford, Manchester City look all set to become the next Premier League club hunting in the managerial market this season.
Carlo Ancelotti has accepted the illustrious role of Bayern Munich boss, leaving Pep Guardiola seemingly free to pick his next destination next summer.
Although both Manchester United and Chelsea have supposedly shown serious interest in landing the former Barcelona coach at the end of the season, it nonetheless looks as if Manchester City will eventually win the race if a series of recent reports are to be believed.
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However, does the current boss down at the Etihad this term – Manuel Pellegrini – really deserve to lose his job simply because Guardiola will be available in the summer?
Whilst Manchester City haven’t exactly set the Premier League alight this term, they nonetheless remain firmly placed within the title race. Arsenal did portray themselves as a far more cohesive unit when the two sides met on Monday, but that doesn’t mean Pellegrini’s team should be written off just yet.
In reality, the Citizens have struggled considerably without captain Vincent Kompany consistently available for selection, yet even without the powerful Belgian centre-back on board this term, Manchester City have still proven a force to be reckoned with overall.
The likes of Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure can easily make a difference when fully fit and raring to go, both Raheem Sterling and Kevin de Bruyne are obviously capable of turning on the goods inside the final third and although Eliaquim Mangala and Nicolas Otamendi have begun their partnership among the Premier League in somewhat shaky circumstances so far, each player could still eventually do the business for their manager in the not too distant future.
Yes, Manchester City have spent a ridiculous amount of money in recent transfer windows and should theoretically rise above their English competition with every passing season, but as top-flight football is invariably played out on the pitch as opposed to on paper, Manuel Pellegrini’s job isn’t quite as easy as everybody initially expects.
The Chilean tactician has to manage his squad more effectively than any other Premier League coach, he is forced to work with players with extortionately over-valued price-tags above their heads, and faces a somewhat harsh degree of criticism whenever his side fail to win a match.
As the Etihad faithful have indeed witnessed their fair share of silverware during Pellegrini’s stint at their club, however, perhaps the former Malaga and Real Madrid boss deserves a little flexibility from the Manchester City hierarchy. Unlike most other English teams this season, the Citizens marched onwards towards the knock-out stages of the Champions League with relatively little fuss, and still remain well placed domestically as a result of their efforts.
However, as the wealthy Premier League club have been linked with Pep Guardiola for a number of consecutive seasons now, perhaps Manchester City simply aren’t willing to look beyond the 44-year-old Spanish manager come the beginning of next season.
The Citizens clearly possess enough wealth to tempt the former Nou Camp favourite, Guardiola would admittedly arrive with a stronger reputation and a more enhanced range of contacts than Manuel Pellegrini could possibly call upon, and does actually seem to offer more passion and enthusiasm than the current City boss has ever quite exuded down at the Etihad.
So although Pellegrini really doesn’t deserve to lose his job, it ultimately seems as if Manchester City have already highlighted Pep Guardiola as their no. 1 target next term – regardless of how well their team eventually do in the league this season.