Manchester City are lining up both Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers should Pep Guardiola decide to walk out on the club.
The Cityzens are in a world of trouble after being banned from European competition for two years. UEFA’s decision to punish City still has to go through an appeal process. However, the news has rocked the Etihad somewhat.
Guardiola’s future with the club has been one of the immediate talking points. The Spaniard has yet to win the Champions League and any ban would mean he would be unable to complete his ultimate goal with the club.
And City, it seems, are already lining up replacements for Guardiola.
According to a report from The Telegraph, both Pochettino and Rodgers are high on the list for the City owners when it comes to potential replacements.
Pochettino is currently out of work after leaving Spurs. Rodgers, meanwhile, is on course to lead Leicester to the Champions League and sit just behind City in the league table.
Despite not winning any trophies with Spurs, Pochettino is still regarded by many as one of the top coaches in world football. It is, in fact, a surprise to see him still out of work as things stand.
Rodgers has tasted heavy success in Scotland with Celtic. However, he failed to land the Premier League title with Liverpool. That could cause concern for the City owners, who will demand immediate success from any new coach.
Despite the lack of trophies in the so-called big leagues, both Rodgers and Pochettino would be good long-term managers for City.
Both are young enough to develop their own brand at the club and make an imprint. Furthermore, both have Premier League experience already and know the league and its personnel.
City will, of course, be hoping Guardiola stays firmly put. But they have to have a contingency plan in place. Therefore, Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino are as good as they come at the moment.