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'Big Phil' is ready for another crack at the Premier League, and the powers that be at Eastlands are willing to give him a shot.

According to the News of the World, Manchester City are preparing to axe Mark Hughes and install Luiz Felipe Scolari as manager.

Scolari was sacked by Chelsea last Monday with the team lying in fourth spot, two points behind Aston Villa and seven adrift of the Premier League leaders, Manchester United.

But despite his short-lived spell at Stamford Bridge, the Brazilian is reportedly eager to remain in England and prove he can cut it in the most popular domestic competition on the planet.

And it seems the former Portugal boss won't have to wait long for his chance, as the Citizens are mounting a reshuffle of their own after last night's defeat to struggling Portsmouth.

Hughes has been skating on thin ice for quite some time, as the Sky Blues have failed to find any sort of consistency despite the splendid individual efforts of Robinho, Stephen Ireland and several others.

They currently sit ninth in the table, but only eight points separate them from the drop zone, and the 13-point gap to fifth-placed Arsenal means their hopes of qualifying for Europe next term rest on winning the UEFA Cup.

Scolari was in line for the City job following Sven-Goran Eriksson's departure at the end of last season, but insted he opted for the supposedly more lucrative and high-profile gig at Stamford Bridge.

However, with Robinho and several more of his compatriots plying their trade in Manchester, 'Big Phil' may be much more inclined to sign on at Eastlands this time around.

Furthermore, the club's Arab owners are hoping the World Cup-winning coach's arrival would help lure Kaka, who nearly signed from AC Milan last month, to the North West of England.

There is no word from either City or Scolari himself, however, so these reports cannot yet be considered solid or reliable.

Mike Maguire, Goal.com

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