The football world was rocked today when Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp announced that he would step away from the Bundesliga club at the end of the season.
His club are 10th after 28 games and face a huge fight if they want to qualify for Europe next season. Speaking at the club’s press conference, the 47-year-old said he “no longer feels he is the perfect coach for the club”.
However, what is interesting for English fans is that he declared that he would not be having a sabbatical from football, leaving him available for recruitment this summer.
This news gives Manchester City the perfect opportunity to appoint a boss that is the ideal fit for what they want to achieve at the Etihad Campus.
Guardiola is a fantastic manager and would undoubtedly make a difference at the club, but Klopp is the perfect man to take Manchester City to the next level. He spent seven years at Dortmund, becoming their longest-serving boss.
To appoint Guardiola would be a short-term solution, he would not be in it for the long-haul. It’s only been two years and the rumours are already leaning him away from Bayern Munich.
Klopp would be able to come in, spend time getting the best out of the squad, attract some excellent players to the club and promote from the youth academy.
The German is a perfect fit for what City are trying to build. It would make perfect sense for all parties and they will kick themselves if they miss out on this opportunity.
Guardiola may be available in 12 months, but who knows when they will have another chance at landing Klopp.