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Pochettino tops Man City shortlist if Pep walks

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is Manchester City's first-choice should Pep Guardiola choose to step down.

Pochettino is also on Barcelona's radar with Quique Setien set to be sacked.

The Sun says Poch has admirers at City and would love to stay in England.

He knows Guardiola, reeling from Saturday's Champions League exit to Lyon, has just ten months left on his contract.

So far Guardiola has not committed to staying beyond next summer, which could soon leave City in limbo.

The club hierarchy would ideally like him to extend his deal and continue – despite another Euro failure.

His close friends at City - chief exec Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain – are keen for him to stay on.

But Pep admitted last month chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak was “not happy" with their effort in the league – and the failure to win the FA Cup and Champions League since will not have helped.

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