The news that Jurgen Klopp will be leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season - covered by the Daily Mirror - seems to have activated the hypothetical managerial-merry-go-round. One possibility that could become apparent over the next two months is that former Barcelona and current Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, could be the man to replace Louis van Gaal in 2017.
Klopp’s announcement seemed to put the wheels in motion that Manchester City will try and tempt the German into replacing Manuel Pellegrini. Although people at the Etihad were quick to try and establish that Pellegrini would be staying, it won’t stop the rumours.
According to Paul Scholes in The Independent, Guardiola is earmarked for the City job in 2016, meaning that Pellegrini would remain in place for the next 12 months:
“Manchester City is the destination that has been mentioned more than once but all the information that comes back to me in Manchester is that Pep Guardiola will take that job when his contract at Bayern Munich expires in one year’s time."
However, the speculation has obviously made it over to Bavaria and after their 3-1 defeat to Porto in the Champions League; Guardiola was quick to make his intentions known:
"I'm happy here with the players and more than ever, I want to fight. Of course I'll be here next year," assured the former Barca coach.
The Spaniard is under contract until 2016, but there is a chance that could be extended until 2017, tying in with the end of Van Gaal’s contract coming to an end. The Dutchman did say he would retire at the end of his reign at Old Trafford, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be in 2017.
If Manchester City does go for Klopp this summer, it would leave the stars ready to align to take Guardiola to Manchester in 2017, but to take over at Old Trafford, not the Etihad.
Klopp versus Guardiola in the Manchester derby now that is something to get excited about.