Manchester City are in a bit of a fix. Out of the Champions League, out of the title race and almost certain to end the season empty-handed. For manager Manuel Pellegrini, it’s classic second season syndrome as the Chilean appears to be suffering a similar fate to previous boss Roberto Mancini.
Will City stick or twist? Here are the runners and riders for the City hot seat.
The Real Madrid boss may not want to leave the Bernabeu but, the way their season is going, he may not have a choice. If Florentino Perez decides to give Ancelotti the chop, his next stop would surely be the Etihad.
Simeone was at shorter odds but has drifted since Tuesday’s announcement that he has signed a new contract at Atletico Madrid. Simeone has trabsformed Atletico in La Liga champions and Champions League finalists in his time as coach and, as a former player, it would take a lot for him to leave.
One to keep an eye on. If Bayern win the Champions League this season, Guardiola may just shock the football world by walking away, as he’s a man that likes to leave while on top. City would be one of the obvious jobs for him and an opportunity to lock horns with Jose Mourinho again.
Not the popular choice, but a man with a good record in England. His ultra-defensive tactics helped shore up Chelsea’s defence and win them the Europa League and City’s owners must be looking at their defence now and wondering whether Benitez could do a job at the Etihad. Not an appointment that would wow, but a pragmatic one.
Vieira has been part of the City Academy since he ended career at the Etihad in 2011 and knows the club inside out. It would be a huge promotion if Vieira was trusted with first team coaching duties at this stage of his management career – and City may not want to heap the pressure on their young coach unless they really have to.
Could Southampton lose a second manager within a year? Mauricio Pochettino left for Spurs last summer and now Koeman has been linked with the top job at City. It would be a huge leap for the Dutchman – but one many believe he is ready for. Despite his brilliant season with Southampton, it would still be a huge gamble for City.