Manchester City are preparing for the departure of Pep Guardiola with the club’s hierarchy believing the Spaniard could call time on his career at the Etihad at the end of the season.
Guardiola has enjoyed a trophy-laden three year spell in English football with City so far, winning back-to-back Premier League titles and a domestic treble in the past two seasons with the Manchester side.
However, the club have endured a difficult start to the new campaign and have fallen 14 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool, and there is a growing feeling amongst the club that the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich could choose to leave should City secure an elusive Champions League title this season.
The 48-year-old is currently in his fourth season in charge and has never spent longer than four seasons at a club, with reports now suggesting this could be Guardiola’s final season in the blue half of Manchester despite his contract running until 2021.
The Athletic are reporting that contingency plans are now being made, with potential candidates having been informed that this could potentially be Guardiola’s final season in charge of the club.
Guardiola’s departure would likely be a huge blow to City’s plans of success, the Spaniard having won five major honours since arriving in English football in 2016.