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Manchester City Inching Closer to Signing Manuel Pellegrini As New Manager, Says Report

manuel pellegrini1 Manchester City Inching Closer to Signing Manuel Pellegrini As New Manager, Says Report

Manchester City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain met with Manuel Pellegrini’s agent today suggesting that talks may be ongoing to bring Malaga manager Pellegrini to England to replace manager Roberto Mancini, according to a report in the Spanish media.

Two weeks ago, The Telegraph reported that Pellegrini’s agent had talks with Chelsea about becoming their next manager.

Pellegrini is currently the manager of Malaga, who got knocked out of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final in the last minute against Borussia Dortmund. The Spanish side are banned from playing in the Champions League so a move away from Malaga is to be expected.

Prior to managing Malaga, Pellegrini has managed a slew of clubs including Real Madrid, Villarreal, River Plate and the Chile national team.

What are your thoughts regarding Manchester City’s presumed interest in Pellegrini? Should the club replace Mancini with the Malaga manager? Or will Pellegrini end up going to Chelsea instead? Let us know your opinions in the comments section below.

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11 Responses to Manchester City Inching Closer to Signing Manuel Pellegrini As New Manager, Says Report

  1. christian says:

    Mancini should stay and hopefully he will. If he leaves on his own accord to richer days or to return to Italy then fine. He’s accomplished a massive feat for this club and will always be loved for it.

    I will worry if the club fires him for a second place finish though. While I appreciate Chelea’s results I don’t want to see the same circus in Manchester.

    • DD says:

      How will it make City like Chelsea if Mancini is sacked?

      Mancini was appointed in 2009. If he’s sacked, the sacking will come in 2013. There’s quite a long time between those dates, it’s nothing like Chelsea.

      Spurs sack their manager more than City nowadays.

    • AJ says:

      If winning a title followed by a 2nd place finish and a probable FA Cup win will get you fired, it makes one wonder how long Pellegrini, or anyone else, will last there.

  2. jtm371 says:

    i agree with Christian your most successful manager 2 pieces of silverware and a chance at a will be on your way to be coming the chelski of the north.

  3. Mufc77 says:

    It city sacked Mancini it would be a worse move they have made to date.

  4. Chad says:

    Not likely to happen. Just another anti-Mancini story from the anti-Mancini media. Move along, people.

  5. Harry says:

    I doubt very much that Mancini will be fired. He has done well at City and the reason they have been off the pace this season is not because of him but the players. Even the reliable Joe Hart has had a subpar season. Not the fault of the manager.

    City’s poor performance in the Champions League was due in large part for being in a really tough group. Two of the clubs in their group, Dortmund and Real Madrid are in the semifinal. Of course with the talent that City has they should have done better then finish last in their group but again it was the players that were mostly at fault.

    Pellegrini is a terrific manager but i’m not not sure he can get City to win instantly. With mancini you have continuity and more of a chance to win now rather than bring in a new manager who will need time to get the club playing his way.

  6. Why? says:

    So the guy in charge of signing City’s players is talking to a player agent, and low a behold he is now no longer a player agent but just this managers?
    All players and managers have agents why when connected to city must it be a managers agent? Comical really.

  7. monono hans says:

    Mancini is a very good manger a should stay in city as long as Sir Alex

  8. Sammy says:

    Why would they even want to fire Mancini?

  9. Francesca says:

    This is a campaign against Man City, by the English media to destabilize the team, but they are going to fail if I know well Mancini.

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