Next Man City Manager: Holistic Klopp fits the bill best

15May 2013

England - Premier League


Another one bites the dust as Roberto Mancini pays the ultimate price, but does anyone other than Manuel Pellegrini fit the bill?


It's difficult to get your head around this particular piece of sky blue thinking. One minute he's winning Manchester City the title and the next, Roberto Mancini is  out of the door.


Success, it seems, must be trophy-shaped every single season going forward for the new incumbent of the Etihad Stadium hot seat.


Despite choosing to publicly distance himself from the role (a tactic often employed in football just before taking the job), Manuel Pellegrini remains the  overwhelming 1.34 market leader to take the Man City reins.


The club statement implied that their search would focus on someone who could "develop a holistic approach to all aspects of the football club". In short, this means  someone who will win a trophy or meet Sheikh Mansour's 'targets' every year.


So, who other than Malaga's 59-year-old is likely to deliver for Man City's ex-Barcelona power base of Ferran Soriano (chief executive) and Txiki Begiristain (director  of football).


The next two candidates in the market make an interesting comparison with Jose Mourinho priced at 8.0 - and Chelsea's soon-to-be-leaving interim boss Rafa Benitez currently 14.5.


Given the very direct nature of Mourinho's recent hinting about the Chelsea job and force of personality, it's hard to envisage the Special One swerving Stamford  Bridge for the Etihad if Benitez's current role is offered.


Rafa has the pedigree, especially in Europe, and the Spaniard seems to display a far more amenable personality than that of Mourinho, and would likely endorse the  fabled Barcelona-style 4-3-3 that is suspected to form part of the new 'holistic' approach.


Benitez has an undervalued reputation since that ill-fated spell at Inter and would no doubt be a solid appointment; it's whether or not the fans who stuck by Mancini  would take to him.


However, if it's holistic that they want then the Man City board can surely do no better than Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.


Klopp is the epitome of a modern tactician, an exploiter of a high-pressing game, using technically astute players.


His development of the youth system at Dortmund has reaped dividends and produced two titles and now a possible Champions League triumph and his infectious personality  gives the fans the wow factor.


The German is currently out at 60.0 to get the job.



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