Pochettino & Rodgers would be in running to take over at Man City if Guardiola quits – Telegraph

Man City banned from Champions League

Manchester City were handed a mammoth blow on Friday the 14th of February.

The Premier League powerhouse were given a two-season Champions League ban, and fined a fee believed to be around £25m.

It was also reported that City could be facing a potential points deduction in the Premier League in the wake of their CL ban.

And as if things couldn’t get any worse for the Sky Blues, the Telegraph reported on Friday evening that Pep Guardiola will consider his future as manager in the summer, unless the club is able to overturn the ban.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 30: Pep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on November 30, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Pochettino & Rodgers in running for Man City job

Guardiola is currently contracted to Man City until 2021. But should City’s ban be upheld, meaning they wouldn’t be in next season’s Champions League, it is easy to see why the Spaniard may want to depart in the summer.

Pep has conquered English football, guiding Man City to two PL titles, and also breaking the record for the most points in a single PL season, garnering 100 in the 2017/18 campaign.

Man City also became the first male English side to clinch the domestic treble under Guardiola’s rule, doing so last term.

But City have never made it past the quarter-final stages of the Champions League under the former Barcelona man. And if he is unable to compete in that competition for two years, he may decide that he no longer wishes to continue.

It also looks as though Man City are thinking about the possibility of Guardiola leaving in the near future, because, according to the Telegraph, Mauricio Pochettino and Brendan Rodgers would be in the running to succeed Guardiola if he quits due to the Citizens’ CL ban.

Pochettino has been out of work since leaving Tottenham last year, whilst Rodgers currently has Leicester City sat 3rd in the English top-flight.

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