Man City ‘eye Pochettino’ as next boss if Guardiola does not agree new deal
Manchester City have reportedly identified Mauricio Pochettino as a candidate to take over from Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
Guardiola's future with City is uncertain after the club once again failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The Spaniard has not reached the last four of the competition since taking over as Sky Blues boss in 2015, while his contract with the club expires next year.
Though the City hierarchy would like Guardiola, 49, to extend his deal, they are aware he is yet to commit his future to the club and have identified Pochettino as a potential replacement, according to The Sun .
The former Southampton and Tottenham boss is admired by City chiefs and his record in Europe is believed to have caught their attention.
Pochettino led Spurs to the Champions League final for the first time in their history last season before a poor start to the 2019/20 campaign saw him sacked last November.
In the meantime, however, City aim to extend Guardiola's stay with the club.
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Close friends chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain are especially keen to see this happen, though Guardiola admitted last month chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak was "not happy" with City's league performance, which saw them finish 18 points behind Liverpool.
Guardiola's failure to lift the FA Cup or progress in the Champions League will have placed more pressure on the former Spain midfielder.
But if City do turn to Pochettino, they may find they face stiff competition from Barcelona to land his signature.
The Catalan giants are searching for their next manager after a humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich was the final nail in the coffin of Quique Setien's tenure.
Pochettino, 48, has previously claimed he would not take over at Camp Nou due to his loyalty to city rivals Espanyol – where he was a player then manager – which could hand City an advantage in their pursuit.
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