The five managers who could be the next Pep Guardiola

Many clubs first choice Pep Guardiola confirmed he is off to Manchester City - so who is left to hire?

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Now that the worst kept secret in football is out and Pep Guardiola will be Manchester City’s next manager, who is left as a suitable candidate for the likes of Chelsea or Manchester United?

Jose Mourinho is slightly damaged goods, and many in Old Trafford believe he isn’t suited to Old Trafford. Diego Simeone doesn’t seem too keen on leaving his secure job at Atletico Madrid.

So who else will be populating the lists of HR departments right around the Premier League?

Loaded had a peek at the shortlist to see who could step up to being as clamoured after as Pep…

 

1

Jorge Sampaoli

Chile’s Copa America-winning boss, Sampaoli has risen quickly through the ranks. His management of an international side boasting talent like Alexis Sanchez has impressed the corridors of power around England.

The abrasive Argentinian has been linked with Chelsea in recent weeks, where he could try to steal Sanchez from Arsenal. It would be some way to introduce yourself to Arsene Wenger.

2

Eddie Howe

The young English coach has been tipped for a future in international management with England, but before that Howe will be courted for big club jobs after his impressive career with Bournemouth.

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When he took over, they were in the relegation zone in League Two with a 17-point deficit, which he turned around and eventually steered his boyhood club to the Premier League last May. Chelsea have registered their interest, but the stumbling block is Howe’s lack of Premier League experience.

But if the top clubs become too cautious it might benefit a rival if they’re quick.

3

Thomas Tuchel

Hailed as the new Jurgen Klopp, and not just because he manages Borussia Dortmund where Liverpool’s boss first gained fame.

He replaced Klopp in April 2015, having managed to get small-town outfit Mainz into the Europa League. A technical, highly tactical boss, Tuchel guided Dortmund to 10 wins in a row at the start of this season. He’s a more low-key presence than his predecessor, but his teams might yet prove to be even more flamboyant on the pitch.

4

Unai Emery

The Spaniard has seen Sevilla win the Europa League for the past two seasons. Even though it’s the competition Premier League clubs claim not to be bothered by, they’d love that Champions League spot that victory entails.

He previously guided Valencia to three third-place finishes in a row, which virtually means winning the league unless you’re Barcelona or Real Madrid. It led to Emery having a troubled time at Spartak Moscow, where he was fired in 2013 after less than a year.

However, Sevilla have more than rehabilitated the unassuming Emery, who now seems set to have virtually his pick of Europe’s best clubs for his next move.

5

Manuel Pellegrini

Probably the most dignified manager in the league, after how he handled the circus of Manchester City and Real Madrid, will he fancy another crack at it in the Premier League?

Manchester United could do worse then to go for their rivals’ old boss, but Pellegrini might fancy down south in London if the Arsenal job come available in the next 12 months.

Pellegrini has a decent haul of trophies of where ever he has gone, has dealt well with youngsters and handles the media well.

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Loaded sports writer Pearse Corcoran has covered news, sport and entertainment for several national newspapers and radio stations in Ireland. Follow him on Twitter at @PearseCorcoran

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