PREMIER LEAGUE Paper Round: Guardiola lined up to replace Pellegrini at City

Manuel Pellegrini’s job is on the line if European failure continues to blight the club, with Pep Guardiola already lined up as his replacement; and City are set to cut their losses on Yaya Toure – the main stories making headlines in today’s newspapers.

City to go back for Guardiola: Manchester City will try to lure Pep Guardiola to the Etihad if they feel Manuel Pellegrini cannot deliver the success they crave, according to the Daily Mirror. City owner Sheikh Mansour wants Champions League glory and while he is willing to give the Chilean time to turn things around, they will not wait forever. The club’s hierarchy see Guardiola as the man to deliver a European crown. A City ‘insider’ told the paper: “There is a belief one day Pep will arrive at City. Given he’s under contract at Bayern people wonder if he is attainable. But let’s see what might happen next summer.”

Paper Round’s view: City appear to be becoming the new Chelsea, in terms of Champions League success representing some kind of holy grail. In west London, Roman Abramovich would not stop at nothing until a player in a blue shirt lifted the trophy, such was his obsession with European glory, and the same seems to be happening with Sheikh Mansour. And if that means Pellegrini going, despite any domestic success that he might enjoy, there’s not going to be a great deal any one can do about it. And as for Guardiola, if anyone can guarantee Champions League success, he can (even if no one really can).