How vacancies at Bayern Munich & Man City could impact Mauricio Pochettino & Xabi Alonso

Pep Guardiola’s future at Man City

As per his Man City contract, Pep Guardiola is set to remain with the Sky Blues until the end of next season.

But could Guardiola leave City at the end of this campaign instead?

Those rumours have been peddled in a couple of articles in the Athletic recently.

A couple of days ago, before City lost 3-1 at Liverpool, reporter Daniel Taylor began wondering whether City could retain Guardiola for much longer:

The wider issue for City might actually be how long Guardiola sees himself staying in Manchester…

(At the end of the season) he will have only one year remaining on his contract and, judging by conversations with some of his colleagues, the common view behind the scenes at City is that will probably be it. 

On Monday, it’s the turn of David Ornstein and Raphael Honigstein to suggest that Guardiola’s days at Man City could soon be over:

There is a feeling in some circles that this will also be the last season for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Mauricio Pochettino & Tottenham

While Man City should probably be drawing up a plan for life after their current manager, the same is true for Tottenham.

How much longer will Mauricio Pochettino stay with Spurs?

In David Ornstein and Raphael Honigstein’s Athletic article, an unnamed source claimed that the possibility of Pochettino “splitting” with Spurs “looks likely.”

For the record, Pochettino’s Spurs contract expires in 2023.

Bayern Munich’s vacancy: Pochettino ‘preferred’, but there’s also Xabi Alonso

The most lucrative vacant managerial job in Europe right now is at Bayern Munich.

Bayern recently sacked Niko Kovac, while Hansi Flick has been appointed as the club’s caretaker.

A host of names have been linked to Bayern, including Arsene Wenger and Ralf Rangnick.

However, according to the Athletic, Bayern are now planning to retain Flick in his role until the end of the season, when they hope to sign Pochettino:

As things stand, a sense from within the game is that Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino is a prime target, though if the Argentine became available, there would many interested parties.“Pochettino would be the preferred solution,” The Athletic is told.

“If he and Spurs end up splitting, which looks likely, Bayern will do anything to get him. On the other hand, that’s what everyone would do, even Real Madrid and probably Manchester United, who have been aiming at him for a year and a half now. It’s a very difficult option, but that would be Bayern’s priority.”

Alternatively, the Athletic say that Xabi Alonso is also being considered by Bayern.

Alonso spent three seasons at the Allianz Arena in the tail-end of his career.

Moreover, Alonso has an edge over Pochettino, as he speaks German.

However, Alonso lacks the experience which Pochettino has, which is why the Spaniard is lower down on Bayern’s pecking order.

Could Guardiola return to Bayern Munich?

The most eye-catching suggestion tabled by the Athletic is that Guardiola could return to Bayern for a second spell.

Of course, for that to happen, Guardiola would likely need to leave Man City next summer.

When rating the likelihood of that happening, David Ornstein and Raphael Honigstein say it’s “not impossible”. Moreover, readers are told:

(Guardiola) retains a property in Munich, occasionally travels over, and maintains a strong relationship with the hierarchy.

Also see: Why Man City & Tottenham face recruitment problems in January.

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