A FIFA agent has claimed that Pep Guardiola is being lined up as the new Manchester City boss when he returns from his extended holiday. He has reportedly agreed a “pre-deal to be the next manager”.
Mancini has cut a frustrated figure at times this season, as Man City, though still in reach of the table’s summit, do not seem to be performing at their best. They haven’t lost yet, but have drawn six including the weekend’s 1-1 stalemate with Everton. Continuing this form will surely not be enough to retain the Premier League.
Aligned with their early disappointment in the Champions League, failing to make it out the group stage, perhaps Mancini has taken City as far he can.
One man who will be a little irked with this rumour is Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. He is an open admirer of the Spanish tactician and has been attempting to lure him to Stamford Bridge since Guardiola’s self-imposed sabbatical.
With the termination of Roberto Di Matteo’s managerial contract, and the subsequent appointment of Rafa Benitez, the Chelsea board has come under scrutiny, by booing fans and the media. Though Roman has brought nine trophies in as many years, the revolving door in the managerial office has made it a poisoned chalice. This could have ruined the chances of Guardiola’s arrival. While Benitez is clearly warming the hot seat for someone, it’s looking less likely to be the man Abramovich really wants.
Only a top club will do for Guardiola and this recent information shows that there could be one very disappointed billionaire when Pep finally returns to management.