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Man City ‘line up Pochettino and Nagelsmann’ to replace Pep Guardiola with Etihad boss’ deal up at end of season

MANCHESTER CITY reportedly have Mauricio Pochettino and Julian Nagelsman shortlisted to replace Pep Guardiola if he fails to sign a new deal.

The ex-Barcelona boss will be out of contract in the summer and has still to yet agree an extension.

Securing the future of the club’s most-successful ever manager remains City’s priority.

But Goal claims they already have a list of potential candidates to target should Guardiola decide to end his stay at the Etihad.

And both former Tottenham chief Poch, who was sacked last November, and RB Leipzig’s Nagelsman are allegedly on it.

Guardiola is currently in his fifth season in Manchester and has won the Premier League twice plus three League Cups and an FA Cup.

He has been linked with a return to Barcelona, and he is believed to be determined not to overstay his welcome at City, with any new deal only likely to be a 12-month extension.

However, if he departs, the Cityzens could face competition from across town for the pair with Manchester United also speculated to be interested in both.

That is despite Old Trafford chief Ed Woodward publicly backing under-pressure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Pochettino recently revealed his desire to get back into management during a recent appearance on Sky Sports.

He has also been linked with Real Madrid and Zenit St Petersburg.

And Pochettino revealed: “I always feel ready to get back involved in the game. I love football, it’s my job.

“It’s not a stress when you are working, it’s not a stress to go into the training ground, it’s not a stress to prepare the game, it’s not a stress to compete.

“My hair is long, look. I hope to cut it when we start working again to work.

“I am looking forward again to being involved in the game.”

Former Espanyol chief Pochettino joined Spurs from Southampton in May 2014.

He spent five-and-a-half years in charge of the North Londoners, guiding them to four successive Premier League top-four finishes.

Poch also led Spurs to their first ever Champions League final in 2019 when they lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid before he was axed and replaced by Jose Mourinho just months later.


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