Next Manchester City manager: Benitez ruled out, so who could succeed Pellegrini?

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Does anyone want to manage Manchester City (other than Manuel Pellegrini, that is)?

The Chilean is confident his job is safe but the 61-year-old is under increasing pressure as the defending Premier League champions are destined to end the season without a trophy.

The battle now for Pellegrini is to make sure his team finish in the top four.

City have already distanced themselves from a move for Jurgen Klopp, who is leaving Dortmund at the end of the season.

Now, former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is also seemingly out of the running.

Next permanent Manchester City manager selected odds
  • Jurgen Klopp 1/1
  • Carlo Ancelotti 3/1
  • Rafael Benitez 9/2
  • Patrick Vieira 8/1
  • Pep Guardiola 10/1

Odds provided by Sky Bet

The Spaniard has yet to sign a contract extension with Napoli, with his current deal ending this summer but he said: “I have not had contacts with City, unlike what I’ve read in England.

“I have spoken to the [Napoli] president via messages but we have not been able to meet due to our busy playing schedule in order to evaluate the business plan. Now our focus is on matters on the pitch.”

Benitez joined Napoli in the summer of 2013 and led them to the Coppa Italia and third place in Serie A in his first season in charge. They are fourth in the league this term and are on course to reach the semi-finals of the Europa League.

The Italians host the Bundesliga side Wolfsburg in Thursday’s quarter-final return holding a 4-1 advantage from last week’s opening leg in Germany.

Benitez said: “We can fight until the end for all of our aims.

“We can still qualify for the Champions League, whether it is by winning the Europa League or by finishing in the top three of Serie A.

“We all know how crucial qualification for the Champions League would be in terms of future investments.”

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