Two Managers Man City Should Look At That Could Fill Pep’s Sabbatical Boots
Sabbatical’s seem to be the ‘in’ thing for managers after their contracts expire at the present, both Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City have revealed that after the expiration of their current deals, they plan to have a break from the stresses of football management.
Guardiola has never spent more than four campaigns in charge of a club and next season will be his fourth at the Manchester City, however, he is under contract until 2021 at the Etihad.
With Guardiola liking to go out at the top of the game similarly to how he did at Barcelona after winning 13 major trophies in four seasons including two Champions League’s, should City win the Champions League next year. I believe we could see the Premier League champions start sweating over their manager. As should Pep want a sabbatical are they really going to make an unhappy manager honour his contract?
The style of management and emotional investment of a number of the top managers at the moment is why, we believe we are seeing a higher number of sabbaticals than ever. As the top managers know they will always be in demand, so are taking year gaps in their career with the understanding that clubs will always be changing their set up in rough periods.
So say Pep does go on sabbatical, who is going to fill his shoes? We had a look and came up with two alternatives…
Everyone has been impressed with the steady building job that ‘Poch’ has done at Tottenham Hotspur, taking them from not being able to pip North London rivals Arsenal every season to a third-place finish and the glamour of the Champions League.
Despite his success at Spurs, there is a ceiling at Tottenham financially, imagine Pochettino with the blank chequebook of Manchester City?
The Argentinian has already proven he’s a world class manager, with the right funding and world-class players at City, he could be an ideal replacement for Pep.
Perhaps a bit more a gamble than Pochettino, Mikel Arteta has served as Pep’s number two during his tenure at the Etihad. The Spaniard was heavily linked with the Arsenal job after Arsene Wenger’s departure, making no secret of his desire to be a manager one day.
Therefore perhaps after Pep goes, the student can become the master and Arteta can continue the work of his mentor.
As mentioned earlier, however, given Arteta’s inexperience in management this one would be a massive gamble for the club at the top of the English game and challenging for the European crown too.