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Next Man City Manager Odds

Dumitru Palanchuk
Dumitru Palanchuk
2 August 2023, 06:11

It is difficult to imagine a manager leaving his team after winning a treble in the previous season – including a first ever Champions League trophy in the club’s career – but with Pep Guardiola you never know. The 52-year-old gaffer has a contract with Manchester City until 2026 but it is not excluded that, in search of a new challenge, he opts for a departure ahead of time, similar to what he did at his previous clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

As such, we find both promising managers and some of Europe’s most sought-after coaches on the list of next Man City manager odds.

Man City Next Manager Betting List

Topping the Man City next manager odds are two young coaches in Julian Nagelsmann and Vincent Kompany. The big surprise is Antonio Conte, whose brand of football seems antithetical to the Citizens.

Man City Next ManagerPaddy Power ODDS
Julian Nagelsmann5.5
Vincent Kompany5.5
Zinedine Zidane7.0
Mikel Arteta8.5
Antonio Conte15.0

Julian Nagelsmann

Julian Nagelsmann has been out of work since his sacking at Bayern Munich last winter. However, the reasons for his departure were not necessarily football-related. During his 18-month tenure at Allianz Arena, Nagelsmann registered a 71.4% win record and won three trophies. His Bayern Munich was playing the same type of high-intensity, dominant football that saw him succeed at his previous clubs RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim. Rather it was a combination of his conflict with the club’s officials and Bayern’s unwillingness to lose then-free Thomas Tuchel to Real Madrid.

Now, the 36-year-old technician is one of the most in-demand managers on the market. Despite his age, nobody would call Nagelsmann inexperienced as he’s been training at the top level since 2016. The German clearly can develop into a manager close in stature to Pep Guardiola, as he shares a similar football philosophy and desire for success.

Vincent Kompany

Vincent Kompany is the least experienced manager on the list, having started his career at Anderlecht in 2019 where he worked for two seasons. Despite playing attractive football, his experience in Belgium was not necessarily brilliant – finishing 4th and 3rd in the league – but still enough for Burnley to offer him the managerial job in 2022. Back in England, Kompany impressed everyone by winning the 2022/23 EFL Championship with Burnley, thus achieving promotion to the Premier League, all while being named manager of the month on four occasions.

Nevertheless, we all know that Kompany is so high on the next Man City manager odds list not only because of the promising signs he’s shown so far. A Man City legend, Vincent spent 11 years at Etihad Stadium (four years with Guardiola as his coach) and there are only a few people who know the club better than him. 

Zinedine Zidane

If Manchester City don’t want to stop at one Champions League trophy, Zinedine Zidane is the man for the job. During his two stints at Real Madrid (2016-18, 2019-21), the Frenchman led the club to three UCL titles. That is in addition to all the other trophies he's won while in charge at Santiago Bernabeu as well as the Champions League he won as the assistant to Carlo Ancelotti in 2014.

Zidane has been out of a job since 2021, and rumour had it that he was waiting for a job opening at the French National Team. However, Les Bleus decided to extend the contract of Didier Deschamps after he led the team to the second consecutive FIFA World Cup final in 2022. The 51-year-old’s future is a mystery, but Man City would be a great destination for him due to adaptive style of football and European experience.

Mikel Arteta

Similar to Kompany, Mikel Arteta started his coaching career in 2019 when appointed at Arsenal. Unlike Kompany, though, the Spaniard has been doing it at a higher level and shown better results, winning the FA Cup and FA Community Shield in 2020 and finishing second in the Premier League last season.

Moreover, Arteta is linked to Man City as well, having worked as Pep Guardiola’s assistant between 2016 and 2019. Of course, it is no wonder that the style of football he’s implemented at Arsenal is so similar to the one the Citizens have been playing for almost a decade now. 

However, the 41-year-old Spaniard appears to be happy at the Emirates where he spent the last 5 years of his playing career and where he has a coaching contract until 2025. It may take a lot of convincing on Man City's part to lure Arteta away.

Antonio Conte

If Antonio Conte’s name seems like the odd one on the list, it is because of coaching style and certainly not because of his CV. After all, we are talking about a man with more than 10 years of coaching experience and 5 league titles (one Premier League trophy with Chelsea, three Serie A trophies with Juventus, one Serie A trophy with Inter Milan) in the bag. The Italian gaffer would be available for hiring right away, as he's been out of work since his sacking at Tottenham Hotspur back in spring.

The downside, though, is that the Man City players would have to switch to an entirely different playing idea, one prioritising defence and quick counter-attacks. After being spoilt by Guardiola's tiki-taka for so many years, will the players, the club and the fans accept a diametrically opposed playing style even if it brings trophies?