Former Manchester City and England defender Danny Mills is tipping Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp to replace Manuel Pellegrini should the City hierarchy dispose with the Chilean at the end of the season.
Pellegrini is under mounting pressure at the Etihad Stadium and Sunday’s 4-2 defeat to Manchester United was the latest setback in what has quickly become a season to forget.
City will surrender their Premier League crown and once more failed to make an impact in the Champions League.
Mills told BBC Sport he feels Pellegrini is unlikely to be in charge for the start of next season and he thinks that Klopp is the best available candidate to fill the vacancy.
“One manager that hasn’t been mentioned and I’m surprised is Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp,” said Mills.
“I know Dortmund haven’t had a good season but he has pedigree and he has dealt with big players. He has had to reinvent that team time and again.”
According to the former City full-back, Pellegrini has run out of ideas this season.
“Unfortunately City have been found wanting – not just in the Premier League but also the Champions League. They haven’t really had a Plan B or C,” he said.
City will be back in action on Sunday when they host West Ham, a game they are 1.26 to win.
Despite four league defeats in six games, Mills expects City to secure a top four finish.
“I think they will hang on to fourth, minimum. I don’t think that will be a problem. But whatever happens, questions will be asked of Manchester City at the end of the season.”