By Jack Gaughan for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, 25 October 2020 | Updated: 22:33 GMT, 25 October 2020
It might not be today, tomorrow or next week but be sure it is approaching. At some point soon, Pep Guardiola will have to make a firm decision on his Manchester City future.
The decision is his and his alone. City would happily allow Guardiola, the most decorated manager in their history, to stay beyond the next eight months. Obviously they would. But the autonomy afforded him makes this situation, continuing to bubble under, delicate.
Guardiola claimed his contract will not impact on performances but some of the squad have been left wondering who they will be playing under next season. The clocks have gone back, winter is drawing near, and nobody in the City Football Academy offices is any the wiser whether Guardiola will be in charge next summer.
Pep Guardiola will have to be required to make a decision on his Manchester City future soon
Some of the Manchester City squad are wondering who they will be playing under next season
If he does not plan to stick around — and nobody would blame the Catalan for that after five years in a hugely demanding job — then the club need to press ahead with sorting a successor.
Only two men really spring to mind. Mauricio Pochettino, a name that has done the