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MOST WANTED BOSS IN FOOTBALL; EXCLUSIVE: PREM BIG GUNS COVET GOODISON CHIEF; Champions City join Moyes fan club as Chelsea also eye a summer move.

Byline: MATT LAW Twitter: @Matt_Law_SM

DAVID MOYES is emerging as a shock target for Manchester City - if Roberto Mancini is sacked.

Everton boss Moyes has yet to commit himself to Goodison Park past the end of the season and is now on Chelsea's shortlist of new managers.

But the Scot may be tempted to see if the City job becomes available before making any decisions about his future.

Yesterday's 3-1 defeat at Southampton could prove a terminal blow to City's title defence and their manager's long-term job security.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has taken soundings from players on his next appointment and Moyes features highly on the list of candidates, with Malaga's Manuel Pellegrini and Borussia Dortmund's Jurgen Klopp. Jose Mourinho is also pushing his case for a return.

Moyes has long been considered a leading contender to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, who Everton face today at Old Trafford.

But, with Fergie giving no hints he is ready to retire, City will consider stealing a march on their rivals if they decide to axe manager Mancini at the end of the season. They are also fans of Klopp, but he has shown little sign of wanting to leave Germany.

Sources close to Moyes claim the 49-year-old would need convincing he would be given a fair chance of becoming a success at Chelsea.

City's owners have proved to be far more patient and the club's manager must oversee a project that will involve trying to bring players through from the Academy, as well as using the massive financial resources more wisely. Moyes has shown, at Everton, that he can find value in the transfer market and promote players from inside the club.

A lack of Champions League experience and global appeal could hold him back.

Having seen City fail to make the knockout stages of the Champions League, Mancini is fighting to keep his job, with the club also trailing United at the top of the league.

No decision has been taken on his future yet.

Mourinho fears City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain, who turned him down for the Barcelona job, would be reluctant to work with him at Eastlands.

Chelsea players and fans would welcome back Mourinho, but such an appointment would raise questions over the role of technical director Michael Emenalo.

Pellegrini is thought to be taking English lessons, while Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone and Swansea boss Michael Laudrup have also caught Abramovich's eye.


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 10, 2013
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