Despite winning the Premier league and Capital One Cup in his first season at Manchester City, Manuel Pellegrini could be set to be sacked in the summer after a disappointing campaign this year round.
The Premier league champions are currently six points behind leaders Chelsea in the title race having played a game more and were eliminated out of the Champions league to Barcelona, having only just scraped through the group stage.
They were also knocked out of the Capital One Cup at home to struggling Newcastle and the FA Cup at home to Championship side Middlesbrough.
Not only have the results not been delivered, Pellegrini's men have been guilty of some dreadful performances this season.
With a squad that consists of players like Sergio Aguero, David Silva and Yaya Toure, this type of season is not acceptable, with the club likely to endure a trophyless season.
Looking back at Pellegrini's signings in the summer ahead of this season, it's hard to find one that has really worked out.
Goalkeeper Willy Caballero has looked dodgy when played whilst former Arsenal right back Bacary Sagna has hardly played at all.
Midfielder Fernando has not looked City quality at all and £32 million centreback Eliaquim Mangala has been a huge disappointment at the back upon arriving at the Etihad.
Compare this transfer window to that of title rivals Chelsea. In the summer, Jose Mourinho splashed the cash on striker Diego Costa and playmaker Cesc Fabregas, two players who have made a huge difference to Chelsea this season.
Big names linked
With Pellegrini's future in doubt at City, many big names have been linked with the job including Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone.
However, with all of them unlikely to join the Manchester club, it's clear City may need to look elsewhere.
Rafael Benitez would be a shrewd appointment
Former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez has recently been linked with the job and judging by his impressive CV, he could be the perfect man to take the club forward.
With two La liga's, two Europa league's, two Italian Super Cups, one Fa Cup, one Italian Cup, one Community Shield, one Club World Cup and one Champions league to his name, it is fair to say Benitez knows what he is doing when it comes to winning trophies.
He was also crowned UEFA manager of the year in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
Unlike many world class managers City have been linked with, Benitez has plenty of experience in England having managed Liverpool for six years and Chelsea for a solitary season.
It was at Liverpool where he mainly made his name, winning the club the Champions league for the fifth time in their glorious history, coming from 3-0 down to draw the final against AC Milan before going on to win on penalties.
As well as Liverpool and Chelsea, Rafa has also been successful at Valencia, Inter Milan and currently, Napoli.
But once this season has ended, Benitez has confirmed he is to leave Napoli, paving the way for a potential return to England.
And with City likely to be without a manager in the summer, they could turn to the Spaniard to guide them to glory in the future.
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