Prem duo emerge as Man City chiefs cut Pep Guardiola successor shortlist down to two names

Manchester City bosses are reported to have whittled down their shortlist of names to become Pep Guardiola successor to just two names – both of whom are currently employed by Premier League rivals.

The Spaniard, 50, is already one of the greatest managers of all time. Guardiola is revered for the type of football he implements, though there is always a great deal of substance to back up the style.

Indeed, Guardiola has overseen nine league title successes between his spells at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City. What makes that figure all the more impressive is the fact Guardiola has only managed 13 full seasons.

Since arriving at City in 2016, Guardiola has helped his side lift 10 major honours. However, according to a recent report, his time in Manchester will come to an end in 2023 when his current contract expires.

City, of course, look well on track to win a second successive Premier League title under Guardiola. Indeed, standing 10 points clear of second-place Chelsea, City can win a fourth title in six seasons.

As such, replacing him at the helm will be a near-impossible feat, with City knowing his successor will have his work cut out.

Nonetheless, as per The Athletic, City chiefs now have two candidates they are considering as his replacement.

The first is Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, who worked as Guardiola’s No 2 for three years before leaving for Arsenal.

After riding an early storm this season, the Gunners have roared back and now look serious top-four contenders. Indeed, Arsenal’s performance in losing 2-1 to City at the weekend is reported to have caught their eye. Many observers – including our Player Ratings – felt Arsenal were the superior side. Very few sides, in fact, have made City look that ordinary down the years.

Arteta, Vieira the candidates to become Guardiola successor

Fortunately for City, Arteta’s deal at Emirates Stadium expires on June 30, 2023 – the exact same date as Guardiola’s.

The second candidate City are considering is another man with City links in Patrick Vieira.

The Crystal Palace manager finished his playing days while at the Etihad and cut his teeth in coaching at their sister club New York…

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