Man City Lose Pellegrini
Manchester City have today relived manager Manuel Pellegrini of his managerial duties at the club. The 62 year old had been in charge of the two years, and has departed after having various degrees of success at the Citizens.
A statement on the club’s website this morning informed the media of the decision.
Today we are reluctant to announce that manager Manuel Pellegrini has left the club. We are deeply saddened that we have had to take this decision, as we had full confidence in Manuel and his managerial abilities, but last season’s title defence was well below the standard that we would have expected from a manager of his quality. We have certainly not taken this decision lightly, with many discussions being held with the rest of the board at Manchester City, and with Manuel himself, we decided that this was the best decision for the future of the club. We wish Manuel success in his future endeavours, and thank him for the job he has done at the club over the last two years. As a mark of respect, we would like fans to leave messages for Manuel using the #thanksmanuel on Twitter.
Pellegrini joined the club in 2013 as a replacement for Roberto Mancini, and took the league by a storm, winning both the Premier League and League Cup after playing captivating football throughout the season, and the future looked bright for the Chilean – who became the first non-European to manage a club to the Premier League title.
However, the season that followed was less successful, losing out to Chelsea in the title race by a significant margin – a total of eight points – and a disappointing European campaign left many City fans calling for him to be sacked.
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And the call of the fans seemed to influence the decision, according to former player James Milner, who left the club for Liverpool during the summer.
James Milner, Liverpool and former Manchester City midfielder:
I do think that the decision to sack Manuel has been influenced by the fans. All the players, when I was at the club, respected him and wanted him to stay on. The performances of the team last season weren’t of the standard that we would have expected, but that’s not just his fault, the players should also take the blame. I think it’s quite harsh that he has lost his job, given the success he had brought the club the previous season.
So, who are Manchester City lining up to replace Pellegrini for the coming season? It’s a question that many fans are asking, however there are no real clues to who will take the reins. The club are regularly linked with Bayern coach Pep Guardiola in the press, but the Spaniard has a year left on his contract in Germany.
Another potential candidate for the job could be Italian Carlo Ancelotti, who was surprisingly sacked by Real Madrid earlier in the summer. The former Milan boss has had success in the Premier League before, taking Chelsea to a league and FA Cup double in 2010.
Could Patrick Vieira, who managed City’s development squad last season, be in line to replace Pellegrini?
Another outsider could be Patrick Vieira, who only left the club this summer to take charge of sister club New York City, who is often referred as the long term heir of the Manchester City job, and the jump across the pond is only to help with his development as a manager, and now that the job is available, he could fly back and swoop in.
It is thought Manchester City want to find a replacement for Manuel Pellegrini as quickly as possible to avoid minimal disruption to the clubs preparation for the season ahead.
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