Pep Guardiola's 14 most likely next jobs after Manchester City's European ban

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Pep Guardiola's Manchester City future has been cast into doubt.

It was revealed on Friday night that UEFA had banned the Citizens from the Champions League and Europa League for the next two seasons.

The short-term future of the club now hangs in the balance as their hope of playing European football between 2020 and 2022 pends on their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

If the punishment is upheld, then City fans are rightfully concerned that their manager might decide to coach elsewhere in his quest to win a first Champions League title in almost a decade.

Plus, when you consider Guardiola is revered as arguably the world's best manager, you just know that Europe's biggest clubs will chase him regardless of whether they have a head coach or not.

Guardiola's future cast in doubt

Besides, even if Guardiola decided to stick around for a solitary season without Europe, perhaps in a mission to take their crown back from Liverpool, his contract will expire in the summer of 2021.

Therefore, barring a show of loyalty that would be unprecedented in Guardiola's career, you can expect the Catalan to be preparing his goodbyes by this time next year at the latest.

But where would he go next? Well, the bookmakers give us an interesting insight on that dilemma and some already have Guardiola as odds-on to leave City this summer.

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Favourites for Guardiola's next club

And Betfair have taken the initiative by setting odds on Guardiola's next club, regardless of whether he leaves this year or the next, and the 14 most likely suitors have been named.

So, check out the list below and decide whether you think they've been correctly ordered in terms of likelihood: 

14. Real Madrid - 80/1

13. Liverpool - 66/1

12. Chelsea - 40/1

=10. Inter Miami - 33/1

=10. Manchester United - 33/1

=8. Argentina - 25/1

=8. England - 25/1

=5. Any Chinese club - 20/1

=5. Brazil - 20/1

=5. Ajax - 20/1

4. Bayern Munich - 10/1

3. Paris Saint-Germain - 6/1

2. Barcelona - 7/2

1. Juventus - Evens

GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

I've got to agree with the bookies... all signs point to Juventus.

I anticipate that Guardiola will see out his contract at the Etihad Stadium with a final season to try and challenge Liverpool, before looking to succeed Maurizio Sarri in Turin.

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Juventus won't be looking to sack their current boss after just a single campaign, but cutting ties with the Italian seems to make sense if they continue their mini post-Massimiliano Allegri plateau.

In fairness, Barcelona do seem one of the most viable candidates, especially considering Quique Setien's lack of status, but it's hard to see Guardiola going back so soon amid their struggles.

Reuniting with Bayern actually seems more likely by my money when you bear in mind their hunt for a longer-term manager and that fact Guardiola declared he'd return to Germany one day.

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As for some of the other Premier League clubs, don't rule it out in the future, but there's no chance Guardiola would jump straight from City to one of their rivals.

Who do you think he is - Jose Mourinho?

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