Five replacements for Roberto Mancini as Manchester City boss

Roberto Mancini is among the bookies favourites for the sack after Manchester City slipped 12 points behind rivals United. We take a look at five potential replacements.

The bookmakers have been wrong before. Just ask BetFred who prematurely paid out on Manchester United winning the Premier League last season.

Now as another set announce they are already doing the same as of yesterday, the future of Manchester City's boss is also a hot topic.

Rafa Benitez  is the current favourite for the sack at Chelsea, but considering his 'interim' status, it's sort of inevitable anyway.

Roberto Mancini is the second favourite to go, with odds of just 3/1 he will be the next Premier League manager to be sacked, ahead of Aston Villa's Paul Lambert at 9/2.

So with the axeman reported to be warming up, we have taken a look at five potential successors.

Jurgen Klopp

Manchester City can't have failed to be impressed with Borussia Dortmund when the two sides faced off in the Champions League, and the man behind the Germans was Jurgen Klopp. Having led Dortmund to the Bundesliga title, his pedigree is not in question, and neither is the style of football in which his teams play. Klopp's biggest problem at Dortmund is hanging onto his top stars, with Kagawa having left and Lewandowski expected to leave. At City he would have the financial might not to worry.

Manuel Pellegrini

Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini has already managed at the very top level, enjoying a season with Real Madrid in 2009-10, leading them to their highest ever points total with 96. As they still finished second, he was dismissed anyway, but he is currently working his magic with Champions League side Malaga. Pellegrini is 59 and has worked with some of the biggest names in football, and would hold no fear at City.

Jose Mourinho

The man who replaced Pellegrini at Madrid, Mourinho would divide City fans after disparaging comments about them ahead of their Champions League clashes earlier this season, but this would be tempered in the knowledge the Portuguese is a proven winner. He is touted as a contender to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at United, but that doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon, so City could steal in and offer him a chance to get their side back on track.

Carlo Ancelotti

What's PSG's manager doing on this list? Well the future of the Italian boss is said to be perpetually precarious in Paris, even if he wins the title, because of PSG's grand ambitions. With Jose Mourinho said to be a target for the French side, Ancelotti may well find himself moved aside in the summer. So he could walk straight into a role over in Manchester, as a proven Premier League winning boss with Chelsea, and used to working underneath rich aspiring owners, few could argue with his track record.

David Moyes

Let's face it, David Moyes has very little on any of the previous four candidates; he has never won a cup in all his time at Everton, never mind the league. Yet he has done very well on a consistent basis given the financial constraints upon him, and over the weekend various reports have linked him with a move to City. If he is unsuccessful in getting Everton into the top four this season, he may consider his future, and if City were brave enough to offer him a job, he'd be foolish to turn it down.

With Pep Guardiola no longer an option, who would you like as next City manager if Mancini is moved on?

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