Manchester City may well finish top of the table come the end of the season, but that might not be enough for Manuel Pellegrini to keep his job.
The Mirror reported on Saturday, that Pep Guardiola has already decided to join City after turning down a lucrative offer at Bayern Munich.
It has been well documented that the hierarchy at the Manchester club have been eyeing Guardiola for some time. Now suggestions have said that the former Barcelona manager is finally ready to make his move to England, this could leave Sheikh Mansour and his colleagues with a tough to decision to make at the end of the campaign.
There is a very good chance that the Citizens might win the division in May, so if Guardiola is in fact available, what do the owners do? Do they sack Pellegrini after winning two league titles in three years?
Even by football's standards that sounds ludicrous. Then again, they might just have to do it.
The opportunity to sign the current Bayern Munich manager won't come around very often. If City pass up on the chance, they might never get another opening to make the deal happen.
To make matters worse, he could move to bitter rivals Manchester United instead. That would automatically rule out Guardiola ever managing at the Etihad in the future. Something the owners will not want to happen.
Chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain were both formerly part of the setup during Guardiola's remarkable spell at Barcelona. They seemingly want to build City into a global icon and the Spanish manager might finally be the man to put them on the map.
An option to appoint Guardiola is something the owners have wanted to do for a long time, and to see him go to their neighbours would be a nightmare they won't want to experience.
Extremely harsh on Pellegrini
Nevertheless, sacking Pellegrini would go down as one of the most shocking and harsh decisions in Premier League history. When he was appointed, the owners reportedly demanded five trophies in five seasons.
The Chilean has managed to win two in his first campaign and could bank at least one in his third season, as City progressed to the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday. Even after the loss against Stoke, City still have the players to go all the way.
Some would argue that the quality in the Premier League this season has been largely poor. Some have suggested that Pellegrini's side should be winning this league with a breeze and the Chilean is actually holding them back.
Not to forget it looks like they will have to settle for second in their group and could be drawn against a European powerhouse in the last 16 of the Champions League. Once again, there's a danger of an early European exit; something that wouldn't be pleasing for the Abu Dhabi owners.
The best scenario for the City owners is that Pellegrini wins the league, their rivals United hang on to Louis Van Gaal and Guardiola stays on for another year. All of which is very plausible.
And that way the owners will have to postpone the appointment for another year, but without brutally sacking Pellegrini. That would probably be the ideal scenario for City. Could you imagine the pressure on Guardiola to perform after sacking a manager who just won the league?
It has taken the Spanish manager two and a half years to get Munich looking like a true dominant force in Europe again, it's unlikely the fans would give him that time if the owners were to harshly sack the Chilean.
All in all, the City owners will likely need to rely on their Red Devil enemies to keep hold of Van Gaal, or they could have a big headache this summer.
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