With rumours of Pep Guardiola nearing The Etihad exit door, ex-pro Karleigh Osborne thinks the Manchester City boss is Turin-bound for his next chapter.
Guardiola has, perhaps tactically, placed immense pressure on himself with his recent comments. The two-time Premier League winner claimed that if his City side fail to progress past the Champions League last-16 he could be facing the axe.
European powerhouses Real Madrid are the opponents that stand in the way of City and the quarter-finals, a team Pep knows all too well about.
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No opposition has beaten a team managed by Guardiola more than Real Madrid, dating all the way back to his time as Barcelona boss.
Karleigh Osborne revealed to Love Sport Breakfast he thinks that is a fair chance Pep will not be in the City dugout come next season, and as a result other managers are lining up themselves up as potential replacements.
“Yeah potentially [there is a race to be the next Manchester City manager], it’s a massive club to go to.”
Osborne also claimed Guardiola is trying to create his own easy departure route: “Pep is half trying to feed something where he feels maybe ‘I do need a change’ but he doesn’t just want to come out and say.
“Nobody wants to quit, no elite sportsmen wants to quit so it’s easier for him to get the sack, then he goes to Juventus, gets paid more money and does a great job there.”
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Most associated with Juventus will rejoice at the rumour, as Juve fans are hardly thrilled with the job current gaffer Maurizio Sarri is doing at the helm. Currently level on points with Inter Milan at the top of Serie A, even with Cristiano Ronaldo's record breaking goals, the Old Lady aren't quite hitting the heights they would have wanted to.
However, Osborne did comment on the recent rumblings that Pep may be a tad overrated as a coach.
“Because of where he started, and the players he had to build what he’s built so far. Of course that’s helped him on his journey, I still think he’s a phenomenal coach, but he understands the players are a big big reason as to why he has been able to achieve what he has achieved.
“When you are managing players who are of that quality, I should imagine it makes your job slightly easier.”
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