All-universe football-managing genius Pep Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich at the end of the 2015-16 season — that much we now know for sure.
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Over the coming weeks and/or months, the world will be told of the next step of Guardiola’s managerial career, with a decision widely expected to be made and announced sometime in January. This means, for the next few weeks at least, a number of managers at top clubs all over Europe will continue their day-to-day duties with the enormous shadow of Guardiola hanging over them.
One such man, Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini, seems to have accepted his fate as a lame-duck manager, as his current club is widely viewed as the favorites to land the biggest managerial free agent of, perhaps, all time. As Pellegrini sees it, it’s only a matter of time before Guardiola is lured to the Etihad Stadium by the mega-oil bucks of Sheikh Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United Group.
Pellegrini, on the inevitability of Pep at Man City — quotes from the Guardian:
“I am sure Guardiola will work here some day. I even hope he will have the opportunity to work at Manchester City too because I love this club and I care about its future and I am sure he would do a good job.”
Pellegrini added: “When is the future I don’t know but if the future turns out to be next year the most important thing for me to do is to try to win the title again.
Pellegrini is 100 percent right in his assumption — it’s probably based on a little something more than his own thinking — that he isn’t long for the Man City job. Either City will fail to win the Premier League title for a second-straight season, at which point he’ll likely be fired; or, Guardiola will accept the City job in January and Pellegrini will be bought out at the end of the season.
City are said to have the inside track to win the race for Guardiola due, in part, to a familiarity of high-ranking officials at the club, with sporting director Txiki Beguiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano having both worked at Barcelona during Guardiola’s high successful tenure at the Nou Camp.