Man City: 7 Top Managers That Can Replace Pep Guardiola At The Etihad if The City Boss Departs

Man City: 7 Top Managers That Can Replace Pep Guardiola At The Etihad if The City Boss Departs

  • Manchester City could be plunged into uncertainty should Pep Guardiola quit the club
  • The Citizens are currently facing several charges of Premier League financial breaches
  • Pep has previously indicated he would dump City if found guilty of violating FFP rules

Pep Guardiola could be living on borrowed time at the Etihad Stadium following Manchester City's recent predicaments.

City are currently facing more than 100 charges of Premier League financial breaches allegedly committed between 2009 and 2018.

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Pep Guardiola reacts on the touchline during Man City's Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Photo by John Walton.
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According to The Times, the reigning champions risk being slapped with severe sanctions should they be found guilty of the charges.

The sanctions range from points deduction, transfer ban, or even expulsion from the English topflight.

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Regardless of the outcome, the charges are expected to have a significant implication on the future of the club.

Guardiola leaving Man City

Key among the implications include the departure of Pep Guardiola, who has previously made it clear that he would dump City if the club were found culpable for financial breaches.

His exit would no doubt deal Man City a huge blow, especially considering how influential Pep has been in the club's success in recent years.

The Spaniard has won an incredible nine trophies since moving to the Etihad, including four Premier League crowns.

The tactician is also the first Man City boss to guide the club to the final of the Champions League, where they lost to rivals Chelsea.

Who could replace Pep at Man City?

Should Guardiola dump the Citizens in the immediate future, the Manchester club will be forced to enter the market in search of his replacement.

Fortunately for them, they won't be short of options, with a number of world class managers currently unattached.

Sports Brief takes a lot at the top seven managers who could succeed Pep Guardiola at Man City:

7. Patrick Vieira

The Arsenal legend is currently in the books of Crystal Palace, who he joined in 2021.

The Frenchman has built a reputation for himself as one of the fastest-rising managers in Europe.

6. Mauricio Pochettino

Poch is currently out of job following his sacking at Paris Saint-Germain in 2022.

The Argentine boasts an incredible CV, thanks to his experience managing in the Premier League.

Poch has previously managed Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.

5. Julian Nagelsmann

The German would be a perfect fit at Manchester City as he oozes modernity in his football management.

The tactician is currently in charge of Bayern Munich, who he has helped win two titles since he joined them in 2021 from RB Leipzig.

4. Thomas Tuchel

Tuchel is the other high-profile manager currently unattached.

The German was rendered jobless in September 2022 after he was sacked by Chelsea.

The former PSG boss would undoubtedly fancy taking another top job in the shape of Man City.

3. Zinedine Zidane

As things stand, it remains unclear what Zidane's plans are in terms of his managerial career.

The former Real Madrid boss is said to have set his sights on taking charge of the France national football team.

However, that seems unlikely, especially after Didier Deschamps landed a new deal with the team.

With no other option, Zidane could consider a return to club football management.

2. Mikel Arteta

The Spaniard is no stranger at Etihad Stadium.

Mikel Arteta spent part of his playing career with the Citizens before he transitioned into management.

It was during his time working as Pep's assistant when he built a name for himself as a fast-rising coach.

He was eventually snapped up by Arsenal, who he has helped place in a title-winning position.

Given his current influence at the Emirates, Arteta is unlikely to swap Arsenal for Man City.

1. Vincent Kompany

And finally on the list is Vincent Kompany - a Manchester City legend and budding football manager.

Kompany had a successful spell as a City player, where he grew through the ranks to become captain.

He would later depart to join Anderlecht before he called time on his playing career.

Kompany may not be as experienced as everyone on this list, but his incredible short stint as Burnley manager would no doubt convince everyone that he can succeed at Etihad.

Gunner to determine City's fate

Sports Brief also reported on an Arsenal member being appointed as the head of the independent commission investigating the charges levelled against Man City.

Murray Rosen KC, who lists himself a Gunner in his bio, is now set to head the commission which will determine if the defending champions are guilty.

The lawyer is the chair of the EPL's judicial panel and will be expected to form a three-member team to listen to submissions from both parties.

Source: Sports Brief News