As soon as Jurgen Klopp informed the world that he would be leaving Dortmund in the summer, after 7 glorious years of leading the rebellion against Th (a.k.a. Bayern Munchen), speculation exploded about where he might end up.
This is, after all, a man who guided Dortmund to Bundesliga glory against all the odds, put together the most entertaining side in The Champions League and generally garnered extremely attractive and winning football.
For whatever reason, the bubble has burst this season and Klopp’s recent travails have made him much less attractive to teams like Manchester City – such is the whimsical nature of football.
But, while Manchester City may well go for a more seasoned performer after the inevitable departure of Manuel Pellegrini this summer – a perceived safer pair of hands – they could hardly make a more exciting appointment than Klopp.
With Guardiola and Ancelotti perhaps the most obvious choices, Klopp may be considered an outsider for the role as next Manchester City boss. But, whereas the others may stay for the now customary three year cycle, Klopp may be City’s best chance of building something longer term, that doesn’t depend on outspending the opposition every year.
With FFP rules now biting Manchester City will surely risk transfer bans if they go really big in the market this summer. Would it not be better to bring in a coach who can inspire from within? A manager who has had success in Europe and domestically by engineering a team full of flair?
If Klopp came to Manchester City you would imagine that Marco Reus would be a shoe-in for the major summer signing and who better to refresh the wide areas? The German international is a genius who is primed for a big move.
Overall, we think that Manchester City may consider Klopp as too high a risk at a club which demands success and Champions League football every year. But if we were pushing the buttons in the City control room, we would be very tempted to bring in the charismatic and accomplished German because he would uphold the recent Manchester City penchant for high-tempo, attractive AND winning football.
City fans: worth a punt?