Having plummeted out of the Champions League’s first knock-out round to Barcelona last week, amid a campaign in which Manchester City’s Premier League title defence seemed over before it began, manager Manuel Pellegrini could well be picking up his P45 this summer- especially if City are beaten to a runner-up finish by Manchester United or Arsenal, who are currently just a couple of points behind in the league table.
Indeed, something needs to change at the Etihad if the Sky Blues are to ever find domestic consistency or make it through to the latter stages of Europe. What they require, in a nutshell, is a managerial heavyweight.
You might think such a breed won’t be readily available this summer, even for a club with as much financial muscle as the Sheik-owned Citizens. But there are some interesting options worth consideration, and being the helpful bunch we are at ThisIsFutbol, we’ve listed FIVE of them.