Four alternatives to Manuel Pellegrini for Manchester City

Despite Pellegrini being heavily-linked with the City job, we consider four alternatives who could all excel at the Etihad.

What has long been touted has finally come to pass – Roberto Mancini is no longer the manager of Manchester City. And while reports continue to suggest Malaga’s Manuel Pellegrini will replace the Italian this summer, there are a number of other managers who could excel at the Etihad.

Here are four possible alternatives to City’s Chilean target:

Rafael Benitez

The interim Chelsea manager has already voiced his desire to remain in the Premier League next season. And while the majority of Blues fans have never taken to the former Liverpool boss, the truth is he has made the best of a bad situation. Having secured a Champions League place for next season, he now leads his side out in the Europa League final against Benfica. A triumph there will see Chelsea win their second European trophy in two years – not bad for an unwanted manager.

Past reports suggested Benitez was being considered as a possible replacement for Mancini, and his considerable Premier League experience may see him as a safer but no less successful option than someone who has never managed in England.

Vitor Pereira

Should City be happy to take a risk on a manager who hasn’t yet tested himself on these shores, current Porto coach Pereira could be a punt worth taking. Having just won the match dubbed Portugal’s “game of the century” against Benfica, the 44-year-old is on course to win the Portuguese league after an undefeated season. In so doing he will emulate Andre Villas-Boas, who achieved the same feat in 2011. Could he then follow the Tottenham manager to the Premier League?

Strongly tipped to be David Moyes’ successor at Everton, Pereira will be in high demand this summer. Former Porto coaches have gone on to great success in England; City may decide it is time for them to get in on the action.

Jose Mourinho

Talking of former Porto coaches, the special one hasn’t yet been confirmed as the next Chelsea boss, no matter what the papers say. And while it seems likely that he is heading for a second stint at Stamford Bridge, could the lure of the Etihad change his mind?

There was much talk of Mourinho being the replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson when he finally left Old Trafford. And yet having done so, it seemed the current Real Madrid manager was never on the agenda. Could he now see the opportunity of managing City as the perfect way to show United what they are missing?

Mourinho will almost certainly be managing in England next season. How willing City are to fight for him may still decide his destination.

Michael Laudrup

The great Dane’s first season in charge of Swansea has been one to remember – with the League Cup, mid-table security and some outstanding signings all secured. He has already been strongly tipped for the soon-to-be-vacant Everton hot seat. And yet you sense it will take a hugely enticing offer to tempt him away from the Liberty Stadium.

While Pellegrini’s Malaga side play some of the most attractive football in La Liga, Laudrup has preached a similar ethos here, and his Premier League experience – if only for a single season – could give him the advantage.

Having signed some undeniable bargains with limited funds, the prospect of an almost-limitless transfer kitty could tempt Laudrup to end his time in Wales early. Some managerial appointments are risks; Laudrup’s would be more one of common sense.

Would you take any of the managers above over Pellegrini?  Or have we missed anyone?

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