Pep Guardiola’s future at Manchester City has been cast into doubt as it is unclear whether they will be competing in the Champions League again before 2022. Their short term future hangs in the balance and depends on the success of their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Spaniard's contract is set to expire in the summer of 2021, so even if his current club’s ban is reduced to just the one season, it wouldn’t be unfeasible to think that he would endure one season without European football to try and take the Premier League title one more time.
It's no secret that Pep Guardiola’s main goal as the City boss was to win the Champions League, with previous managers, Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini, already reaching England's pinnacle. So, although winning back to back titles in record fashion was truly unprecedented, the evasion of Europe's elite title might make Guardiola's time at the club slightly less attractive to look back on.
Indeed, its been almost a decade since Guardiola last won the Champions League and as a man considered by many as the world’s best coach, this will be a huge concern for him. Perhaps even more so when you remember Jurgen Klopp and his arch-rivals, Real Madrid, have both dominated Europe within this time. Truthfully, can he wait another year to challenge for the trophy? Doubtful.
Bookmakers seem to have their minds made up on the situation and here, we look at the odds offered by Paddy Power for Guardiola's next managerial appointment.