Who is the right man for Manchester City?
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Despite being second in the Premier League, the job of Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is anything but safe. With the team not quite living up to expectations, a new manager is expected at the Etihad next season.
Speculation has surrounded the Chilean manager for a decent portion of the season, with Man City knocked out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 and now Chelsea clinching the title, Pellegrini may be on his way out.
Several names have been tossed around as the successor to Pellegrini, but the fact is that he hasn't departed yet. Pundits and fans alike have been speculating about the Chilean's possible replacement.
Names that have been tossed around include Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti and Rafa Benitez. However, it is still unclear who the right man for the job is.
The clearest choice for Manchester City may also be the hardest to acquire. Pep Guardiola has brought success with him everywhere he has gone, which is one of the many reasons he is amongst the top targets for the Citizens.
Guardiola has won multiple titles with both Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and has coached some of the top players in the world in his time at the two clubs. Though he may seem like the obvious choice, he is under contract at Bayern Munich until 2016.
Despite being under contract, a move this summer could be on the cards for the Spanish manager. However, if Man City is unable to land Guardiola, they may have to look for other options.
One possible option is a short term deal with Napoli boss Rafa Benitez. Benitez is very familiar with the Premier League after coaching Liverpool from 2004-2010.
If Man City does target Guardiola, they could sign Benitez to a one-year deal until the Bayern man's contract is up.
Another viable option for the Manchester side is Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti. Many believe that Ancelotti could be on his way out of Madrid after Los Blancos failed to make it to the Champions League Final.
This is still very speculative because Ancelotti has been very successful in his time at the Bernabeu. If Ancelotti does depart, Manchester would be a logical destination for the top-rated manager.
With Guardiola being the prime option, and other options on the table, a stay for Pellegrini has not truly been discussed. This may be the best option for City.
In his time at the Etihad, Pellegrini has already won silverware including a Premier League title. His knowledge of the club, along with his experience, makes him a good candidate to lead the Citizens next season.
However, as often happens in football, a few bad games lead to a demand for change. It is likely that Pellegrini will be replaced this season, though it is still unclear who will be his successor.
Nick Papadis is a sophomore at American University majoring in broadcast journalism and broadcasts AU Men's Soccer amongst other sports. Nick is an avid Liverpool fan. Follow him on twitter @NPSoccerTalk