The five managers most likely to succeed Mark Hughes at Manchester City
The bookmakers expect Mourinho to swap Milan for Eastlands
It looks like the folks at SkyBet agree with The Spoiler and its readers with the belief that Mark Hughes’ days are numbered after he received the managerial kiss of death earlier this week. They have opened a market on who Manchester City’s next manager will be and the list is loaded with big names. Here are the five leading contenders to take charge of the billionaires:
It’s only five months since The Special One took charge of table-topping Inter Milan, yet he finds himself in the curious position of simultaneously being favourite to become the next manager of Manchester City and Manchester United. The former Chelsea boss became the first man ever to win the Premier League in his first season, but do City really want a manager who will turn their exciting young attacking talent into flair-free workhorses?
Two years ago, Rijkaard guided Barcelona to a La Liga/Champions League double, but his stock has plummeted since then and he was axed earlier this year after a run of just three wins in thirteen league games saw Barca finish utterly trophyless. The fact his inexperienced successor Josep Guardiola has instantly taken the Catalan club to the top spot while scoring seventeen goals in their last three home games makes you wonder where the Dutchman was going wrong.
The Italian kindly ended Inter Milan’s seventeen year wait for the title by winning three in a row (the first of which was handed to them after Juventus’ enforced relegation and Milan’s points deduction) but his reward for such drastic over-achievement was the sack this summer. The best jobs he’s been linked to recently have been at West Ham and QPR, so he would probably jump at the chance to manage Manchester City.
It seems unlikely that Hiddink would want to trade Roman’s roubles for City’s billions given that he signed a deal to stay with Russia through to 2010 earlier this year. When linked with the Chelsea job in the past, the Dutchman has gone on record to say that he and Abramovich have a project to reshape Russian football by 2014 – if he was unwilling to hijack that plan for Chelsea, then it’s hard to see him changing tact now.
Klinsmann had to endure lots of pointing and laughing at the start of the season when his attempts to adopt a new system left Bayern Munich languishing in mid-table. But the guffawing has started to die down after five consecutive wins have left the reigning champions just a point off the top. It’s hard to imagine Klinsmann leaving Bayern so quickly, but then again, nobody could have predicted Robinho rolling into Eastlands on deadline day.