Southampton are monitoring Manuel Pellegrini amid reports they could turn to the Man City boss if current chief Ronald Koeman moves on.
Koeman has made no secret of the fact he would one day like to manage a so-called bigger club than Saints and his impressive spell in charge at St Mary’s means that he has plenty of admirers, both in England and abroad.
The Dutchman remains committed to Saints for now and there is no suggestion at this stage that he will be sacked or walk away from Southampton this summer, but if he receives offers from elsewhere the situation could change.
As a result, club officials – who will most likely have a succession plan in place already anyway – are keeping a close eye on City boss Pellegrini, who will leave the Etihad at the end of the season to be replaced by Pep Guardiola.
Everton are also said to be interested in the Chilean coach amid plenty of doubts over their manager, Roberto Martinez, but a switch to St Mary’s may be something Pellegrini fancies if the situation with Koeman changes.