It’s a difficult time for Manchester City and manager Pep Guardiola, who have fallen victim to a two year ban from the Champions League.
City have been prohibited from competing in Europe’s elite competition after they were found guilty of committing serious breaches of Uefa’s club licensing and financial fair play regulations.
The Manchester outfit were also on the receiving end of a €30m fine. But Guardiola’s side are more than likely to appeal the decision.
The latest development leaves many questions unanswered, mainly involving the future of the Spaniard and his players.
And now several top stars such as Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling could move away as soon as this summer, as could their manager.
Guardiola has already stated his desire to win the Champions League with his current club. But it is looking increasingly unlikely given the latest news. He has recently told fans that he and his players are keen to stay. But it may not work out for the Spaniard.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has won five major trophies at City, including two Premier League titles. But the club have not made it beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League under their current leader.
And he is now being rumoured with a quick exit from Manchester. But where could he go next?
It’s currently evens for Pep to take over at Juventus next, and 7/2 to return to Barcelona. He’s 6/1 to move to PSG, and 10/1 to go back to Bayern Munich.
Guardiola is 20/1 to make the switch to the Eredivisie with Ajax.
The Spanish coach is also 20/1 to take over the reigns at any Chinese club, or to become the next manager of the Brazil national team.
It’s 25/1 for the City boss to take charge of either England or Argentina next. And he’s 33/1 to join either Inter Miami or Premier League rivals Manchester United.
And if Guardiola does leave his post, it will provide another boss with the opportunity to come in and take the club forward.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is favourite to come in should Pep move on.
The Argentine is currently 5/2 to be the next occupant in the City dugout.
And Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers is available at 9/2.
RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann is 7/1, with Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Massimiliano Allegri available at 12/1.
Ajax boss Erik ten Hag is currently 14/1 to take over the hot-seat at Man City should Pep force his way out. And it’s 16/1 for either Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta or PSG’s Thomas Tuchel to come in next.
Also in contention are Antonio Conte, Laurent Blanc, Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane. They are all available at 20/1.