Pep Guardiola will next week announce he is to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season, according to a report in the Daily Mail. They claim the Bavarians will hire Carlo Ancelotti as a replacement, potentially leaving Manchester United short on options if Guardiola opts, as is expected, for a move to cross-town rivals City.
Though recent form suggests Louis van Gaal may not even get to the end of his contract at United, the Dutchman will in theory leave Old Trafford upon its expiry at the end of next season. Guardiola and Ancelotti are the two outstanding candidates to replace him, though should they both accept moves elsewhere, it will force a riskier hire.
According to the bookies, the most likely would rather worryingly be one of Ryan Giggs or Gary Neville. Trailing them in the odds is undoubtedly the safest pair of hands, José Mourinho. The incumbent Chelsea boss may be enduring an awful campaign, but some seem very quick to forget that he's a serial winner. Hiring anyone else would be taking an even bigger gamble.