Bayern Munich achieved a coup envied across European football earlier this year when they persuaded Pep Guardiola to end his sabbatical and take over at the Allianz Arena.
Guardiola may have replaced Jupp Heynckes with just four years of managerial experience at Barcelona, but that reign was nothing short of sensational. Three La Liga titles, two Champions League crowns soon followed to earn acclaim and a legion of admirers across the continent.
Guardiola walked away from the Camp Nou citing burnout, but now looks fresh and re-energised in Bavaria and ready to cement his legacy. Despite still settling in with Bayern the Spanish coach openly admitted to the Daily Mail yesterday that he his next job could well be in the Premier League.
White that admission is sure to create a clamour among fans of England's top clubs to make Guardiola their next boss, who has the most realistic chance of building a future which includes the 42-year-old? Let's dig a little deeper and look at the three most viable destinations for Guardiola if things quickly turn sour with the Champions League holders.
Current boss Arsene Wenger may have 17 years of experience to call upon in north London, but his position at the Emirates is under threat like perhaps never before.
Wenger has managed to keep the Gunners in the Champions League for 16 consecutive seasons, but the last addition to Arsenal's vast trophy cabinet came in 2005.
The Frenchman has so far this summer stubbornly refused to indulge the whims of Arsenal fans and spend cash reserves on new players, leading to a sense of growing frustration among supporters.
Wenger is in the final season of his current contract and yet to convince a growing contingent of Arsenal fans he is the man to push the club forward.
Talks over a new deal are currently at a preliminary stage, leaving the stage set for Guardiola to be openly courted by the Arsenal hierarchy if they decide the time has come for a change.
City are just three games into a new regime at the Etihad, led by likeable Chilean tactician Manuel Pellegrini.
Armed with a summer spend touching £90million Pellegrini is expected to deliver instant success at Eastlands, with patience thin at a club who sacked Roberto Mancini at the back end of last season.
The Italian delivered the club's first league title in 44 years just 12 months previously, so what hope does Pellegrini have if a star-studded squad continues to under-perform?
Add director of football Txiki Begiristain into the mix and attempting to land Guardiola looks entirely plausible.
The pair worked together during Guardiola's first full season at Barca, helping to build a side envied across Europe. Bergiristain has been fairly vocal of the need for City to make progress in Europe, with Pellegrini the man charged to deliver just that.
Anything less than qualification for the knockout stages could see patience wear thin in the North East quickly!
Now before we start here, new United boss David Moyes will in all likelihood be give time and patience to build a side in his own image at Old Trafford, with the full support of former coach Sir Alex Ferguson.
But United are a club who have grown accustomed to winning trophies with alarming consistency, content with nothing less than success in each competition they enter.
Moyes has never taken on a challenge matching those daunting standards, leaving plenty of room open for debate if he can take the job on and build his own lasting legacy.
Guardiola's proven track record of dealing with the weight of expectation would make him a natural successor to Moyes if after two or three seasons United decide to begrudgingly choose a new path, so expect Red Devils chiefs to keep an eye on Pep's progress in Germany.
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