Manchester City chiefs have reportedly identified up to six candidates that could replace Pep Guardiola as manager.
The Spaniard's future at the Etihad is the subject of constant speculation at the moment with no new deal agreed.
The ex-Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has one more season left to run on his current contract after this campaign.
And while he has always stated that he will honour that deal he has not made any hints about where his future lies afterwards.
As a result, City chiefs Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain have already started to think about Guardiola's replacement, according to The Athletic.
Given Guardiola’s unique approach to management it is thought that there are between only three and six managers being considered.
Patrick Vieira is one name said to be on the list having worked as the club's Under-23 boss previously.
The former Arsenal, Inter Milan and City midfielder took over after retiring in 2013 and spent two-and-a-half years learning his coaching trade.
From there he joined MLS side New York City FC as manager before joining Ligue 1 team Nice.
It is not clear about any of the other names on the list that are being considered to replace Guardiola.
He could yet remain at City beyond his current deal, especially if they continue to have no success in the Champions League.
The team looked set to reach this season’s quarter-final after a 2-1 win at Real Madrid in the last 16 first leg but were stumped by the coronavirus outbreak.
He could also be tempted by a move away with big money offers from the likes of Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain being mentioned recently.
Much will be revealed in the coming weeks and months but of course there are more important things to worry about at the moment.
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