With Rafael Benitez leaving Chelsea at the end of the season, could it be possible for Manchester city to appoint him as their next manager?
Most of the talk has been around Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini being already lined up for the top job at City but Benitez must surely have an outside chance of taking the job.
He has expressed a desire to remain in England and has instructed his advisers to pursue possibilities. One of those possibilities could be Manchester City. After all Benitez has managed in England successfully before and has a huge amount of experience both in the Premier League and in the Champions League.
Winning the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 may well tip the scales in his favour as Manchester City are striving for success in this competition after being eliminated in the group stages in the past two seasons and showing a certain naive mentality.
Manuel Pellegrini is also fully qualified for the role after a very successful managerial career in Spain with Villarreal, Real Madrid and now Malaga. He also has a large amount of European experience and has managed some of the great names in world football such as Ronaldo.
I have no doubt Pellegrini has the credentials to be a success but I believe that Manchester CIty will be taking a risk as he has never managed in England and it will be a big culture shock for him. If City put their faith in him then he will need to provide almost instant success and this pressure may prove too much.
At Chelsea Benitez has had a difficult time, not particularly liked by his own supporters and up against it with the tag of interim manager. Benitez though has conducted himself professionally and not let these other issues affect him. The City job will bring with it lots of pressure and this is why I believe Benitez is best placed.
Benitez is also used to domineering owners at both Inter Milan and Chelsea and seems able to cope with it. Pellegrini meanwhile has had issues at Real Madrid with Florentino Perez. Speaking after leaving the club he told reporters:
"I didn't have a voice or a vote at Madrid. They sign the best players, but not the best players needed in a certain position.
"It’s no good having an orchestra with the 10 best guitarists if I don’t have a pianist.
"Real Madrid have the best guitarists, but if I ask them to play the piano they won’t be able to do it so well.
"He [Pérez] sold players that I considered important.”
With Manchester CIty striving for success on all fronts I think the board will become increasingly influential in signing players and improving their squad. Will Pellegrini cope with any interference from the owners.
Who would Manchester City supporters prefer to see leading their team? Please feel free to leave your own comments below.
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