With Roberto Mancini gone and Manuel Pellegrini confirming he will leave Malaga this week it seems the writing is on the wall in regards to who will become the new manager at The Etihad.
The Chilean has long been linked with taking over from Mancini and it now seems the final pieces are being moved into place for such a deal to occur.
But Pellegrini will certainly have plenty of important matters to deal with first and foremost; like who to buy and who to sell.
One position that certainly needs a review under the new management is in the striking department. Edin Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez have been the striking options for the team most of the season with Mario Balotelli departing for AC Milan in January.
The future of two of those striking options is also in doubt. Edin Dzeko has seen himself linked with Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski while Carlos Tevez has quite openly courted a move away by suggesting that AS Monaco or Paris Saint-Germain might just suit him; while he has also maintained his desire to return to Boca Juniors as soon as possible.
But can Pellegrini convince him to stay and then get the best out of him? Like he did a fellow Argentine during his time as coach at Villarreal.
Juan Roman Riqeulme and Carlos Tevez have a lot in common. Beloved at Boca Juniors, Argentine talents of a mercurial nature and by all accounts an absolute pain in the backside to manage.
But after Riquelme failed at Barcelona his time in Spain was far more pleasurable with The Yellow Submarine under the tutelage of fellow South American Pellegrini.
Pellegrini built his side around Riquelme’s talents and the results were incredible. Making the Champions League semi-finals was the pinnacle of their partnership.
The Daily Mail has already suggested that Pellegrini is keen to work with Tevez and if he can get the best out of him like he did Riquelme there is little doubt that Tevez will be a force to be reckoned with once again next season.
But a word of warning; as well as Pellegrini and Riquelme got on in the beginning; in the end the Chilean grew tired of his petulant attitude. After a clash over returning late from holiday in Argentina the playmaker soon found himself on the other side of Pellegrini’s favour.
He barely played for Villarreal again and was shipped back to Boca Juniors.
While you might just get back into the team if you refuse to come off the bench under Roberto Mancini it would not be possible under Pellegrini; Tevez would quickly discover the whereabouts of the exit door.
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