Who Will Be The Next Manager Of Manchester City?

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Who will replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City? Will it be the firm favourite Manuel Pellegrini, outsider Jose Mourinho or an even less likely candidate? Today on the blog Amit Singh from Think Football shares his thoughts on the Manchester City manager vacancy.

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Roberto Mancini was sacked last night as the Manchester City manager, a year on since he lifted the Premier League title with the club and only two days after he lost the FA Cup final to Wigan. Some pundits felt his sacking was harsh, but in the context of a trophyless season and after such a limp attempt at defending the Premier League title (City are 13 points behind the leaders United) is it any surprise that he was let go?

Mancini's Reign

Mancini took over a side who had spent large sums of money particularly under Thaksin Shinawatra in 07-08 but also at the start of the 08-09 season as Sheikh Mansour took over. Mark Hughes was let go and replaced with Mancini who managed from 09-13, which is a long reign in the current Premier League climates. In his time at City Mancini oversaw a net spend of around £180 million and for it won just the FA Cup and Premier League title as major trophies.

It is also worth remembering that his side was dumped out of the Champions League Group Stages in two consecutive seasons which is by no means good enough. In fact, Mancini was sacked from Inter Milan because of his failure to make inroads into the competition with his replacement Jose Mourinho finally delivering the title in 2010. Whilst some might point to the hard groups that City had this is not an excuse considering their huge net spend with the owners surely rightly expecting their side to make a serious attempt at winning the tournament. It's also worth remembering that Spurs debuted in the tournament in 2010-11 and made it as far as the quarter-finals.

Who Will Replace Mancini At Manchester City?

So who will manage Manchester City next season? The table below displays the odds from leading bookmakers.

BookmakerManuel PellegriniJose MourinhoRafa BenitezBrendan RodgersCarlo Ancelotti
Bet365 1.22 4.50 9.00 34.00 41.00
Skybet 1.14 7.00 15.00 29.00 29.00
Betfred 1.17 6.00 13.00 26.00 21.00
BetVictor 1.20 5.50 11.00 21.00 15.00
Stan James 1.25 6.00 10.00 29.00 34.00
WilliamHill 1.14 5.50 9.00 26.00 17.00

Manuel Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini is the stand out favourite to replace Mancini at Manchester City with speculation having been rife since last week. The Chilean manager has had success at Villarreal and Malaga. The latter club he managed to get into the top four and sustain a decent Champions League run despite the exodus of key personnel such as Santi Cazorla to Arsenal.

Notably he made key in roads into the Champions League making the semi-finals back in 2006 (only to lose to Arsenal) as well as getting his Malaga side this season to the quarter-finals where they were beaten by two shock last minute goals.

Some have criticized Pellegrini for his time at Madrid but in truth it was a difficult year at the club in which the Chilean managed to record a huge 96 points which were it not for a Barcelona side (possibly the best ever) who were rampant and recorded 99 points the title would have been won.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is probably outside odds to be the new manager. Reports in recent weeks have suggested that he'll be managing Chelsea next season and there is nothing that has come out lately to suggest this won't be the case. City's current Director of Football Txiki Begiristain is the man behind bringing in a new manager, the former Barcelona director interviewed Mourinho for the vacant Barcelona job before appointing Guardiola back in 2008. Clearly he did not feel Mourinho was the right man for the job then given the managers propensity for off field antics and an ethos that wasn't in line with the clubs.

Having rejected Mourinho then it is likely that he will be looking at more pragmatic options once more with Pellegrini highly reported to be his top choice.

Rafael Benitez

Benitez is the bookies third favourite but looks incredibly unlikely to be managing Manchester City next season. In fact, I'd be surprised altogether if Benitez was in the Premier League despite an OK run with Chelsea this season. The Spanish manager, a former Champions League winner, is clearly better at his job than a lot of Chelsea fans will have you believe having won 8 trophies in the last 10 years and with a shot at further European glory this year in the form of the Europa League.

His reputation though has been tarnished at Inter Milan and whilst doing an OK job with Chelsea he has hardly set the World alight. Given all of this it is likely that City will want a higher profile and more in fashion option than Rafa Benitez.

Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers is currently undertaking a long term project at Liverpool so any move away from the club would be unlikely. The Liverpool manager will have one eye on next season already considering that his side have been in good form in recent weeks and have improved since January as a whole having signed Coutinho and Sturridge.

Any rumour linking him with a move away from the club is thus speculative and unlikely to move into fruition. 

Carlo Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti picked up the PSG title this week to add to what is an impressive trophy cabinet. The former Chelsea double winning manager has also won the Champions League twice as a manager and the European Cup twice as a player so clearly would bring the sort of European pedigree required to get out of the Group Stages and threaten to win the tournament.

That being said Ancelotti has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid since it became likely Mourinho would leave the club. Ancelotti would thus probably look to move to Madrid as his first choice, rather than considering City, where it is clear Pellegrini is the club's primary target. 

So Who Will Be Managing Manchester City Next Season?

Roberto Mancini probably did not do enough to hold onto his job at Manchester City. The three and a half years he spent at the Etihad can be considered relative patience in the modern game, where knee-jerk firings are common place.

Winning just two major trophies on a net spend of £180 million is just not good enough with expectations so high. With the former Inter Milan manager having been sacked by the club Manuel Pellegrini looks to be favourite to replace him. The Chilean manager has a good record both domestically and in Europe and as such should bring something new to the club, especially if he is backed in the transfer market.

 

 

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