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Exclusive: Ex-Man City ace names perfect Pep replacement

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Michael Ball believes that City manager would be a fine appointment for Manchester City if Pep Guardiola decides to leave the club in 2023.

The former Barcelona boss has suggested that he could depart the Etihad Stadium at the end of the 2022/23 season, and could potentially move on to manage an international team.

Guardiola has, of course, enjoyed a phenomenal run as the club’s since his appointment back in 2016.

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The Catalonian has won three Premier League titles, four EFL Cups, and the FA Cup, while he is also a Champions League runner-up after reaching the final against Chelsea last season.

Rodgers, of course, has enjoyed a good run at Leicester, too, and won the FA Cup last season, while also guiding the club to a fifth-placed finish.

Ball thinks that the former Liverpool boss could be seen as a perfect alternative to Rodgers dependent on his availability when Guardiola does actually leave, although he maintains that City will have an extensive shortlist.

He said: “I can understand Brendan Rodgers, with what he’s done throughout his career. He’s always a who’s got his principles and his style of play probably suits Man City.

“Doing the work I do and speaking to many scouts and technical directors around the world, Manchester City seem to be the only club I know who have scouts monitoring managers and coaches on the sidelines at every age level.”

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