Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in the dugout, (c) Soccrates Images

Manchester City shortlist two alternatives if Pep Guardiola leaves

Manchester City have started to plan for life after one of their greatest managers in Pep Guardiola, who could leave the club soon.

Pep Guardiola is yet to answer to Manchester City about whether he intends to stay beyond the expiry of his contract at the end of the 2020/21 season. The manager has not stayed for much long at Barcelona or Bayern Munich and in the event that he is free, the Blaugrana are almost certainly going to make an attempt to land him.

A mutual feeling at the Etihad Stadium is that the manager will not stay at the club for two reasons. First is the desire to try out a new challenge having already won domestic trophies and set records in England since 2016, and second is due to the fact that 50-year-old has not been given full leverage of the transfers by the board of directors.

Manchester City won only the Carabao Cup last season and a slow start to the ongoing campaign might mount pressure on the manager, even though a sack looks unlikely. Daily Mail reports that the Citizens already have two replacements lined up in the event that the coach vacates his role.

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann and former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino have been shortlisted as the two likely candidates to take over the hot seat in the north of England. Both would be great in their way, but the balance could tip in favour of the former.

Nagelsmann has done a terrific job with both, Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig. The 33-year-old made great use of his existing squads and academies at both Bundesliga clubs and guided the latter to the semi-final of the Champions League without his main man Timo Werner who signed for Chelsea. In England too, he could weave his magic with a superb squad.

On the other hand, Pochettino guided Tottenham to numerous top four finishes and a Champions League final. The Spaniard’s experience in the Premier League may be seen as a plus point, but his failure to win any piece of silverware in spite of having the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli to name a few may come under question for a role as big as this one.

Guardiola has done an incredible job at the Etihad Stadium and having set sky-high standards, it is vital that the club replaces him with someone who can uphold them. Nagelsmann and Pochettino will surely be fantastic additions, thanks to what they have done in the past and so, Manchester City can continue to feel in a safe place if either of them is set to take over.