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Manuel Pellegrini Set to Replace Roberto Mancini at Manchester City, Claim Reports: The Nightly EPL

The timing is unfortunate. On the eve of Manchester City’s FA Cup Final match against Wigan, there are reports in the Spanish media that Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini is to replace Roberto Mancini. This follows up on the news from two weeks ago when Pellegrini’s representative reportedly met with Manchester City’s director of football.

Spanish sources say that Pellegrini has accepted a deal to become the new City manager, and will take over at City by the beginning of next season.

In addition to City’s FA Cup Final appearance tomorrow at Wembley, the club still has two games remaining in the Premier League as well as two friendlies in the States before they take a break before their Asia tour in July.

What do you think? Will Manuel Pellegrini be a good fit to replace Mancini, or are these newspaper rumors just to undermine Mancini and City? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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  1. Frank

    May 11, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Managing in the EPL isn’t very easy. You can have the best squad but if you cannot get your players to perform week in and week out it won’t work. It took Mancini some time to figure it out and I think he now knows the league better. Pellegrini is going to find out just how difficult it is and it will take him just as much time to figure it out and that means City are not likely to win the title right away. Just look at Chelsea struggling against Villa today. Pellegrini and City are in for some growing pains if this change occurs.

  2. Mifg

    May 10, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Mancini had to win the league for manchester city last year given the squad he has had, with a squad of that bunch of players the EPL was a must and with one of the best squads, infact the best squad. In my opinion Mancini is not the correct man to take manchester city to the next level, if manchester city is going to be self sustainable it has to give opportunity to its youth, which in Mancini hasnt, Eg: Guidetti wasnt given the chance even after the league was lost.
    Mancini is also not a good man manager as Pellegrini, when you have a bunch of stars with alot of ego, you can slander them in the media as it can affect that attitude towards there performance.
    But you have to give Mancini his credit for winning the trophies which city has won now, if Mancini needs to take in the next big step of ‘Global Domination’, needs to get someone who has good European Record which mancini doesnt have, having reached the quarters with Inter Milan as his best.

  3. jtm371

    May 10, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    if bob mankini is out i think it would be a step back for man new system.

  4. Marc L

    May 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Pellegrini’s agent is the same agent for Isco, who Txiki has been after. That’s what’s behind the meeting.

    Some crazy action with bookies in the UK today and yesterday seems to be the other part of it. But I heard from a guy over there that only SOME bookies have seen a lot of action. When all of them do, it is more likely there is something to it.

    So not true, I think. But if true, yes, shameful.

  5. Alec Platz

    May 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    I really don’t mind the lack of media attention about the FA Cup final. I think that if Mancini is sacked, it will be because of major differences in ideology between Mancini and the new higher ups. I understand both sides of the Mancini debate and as a City fan I will be content either way.

  6. Guy

    May 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    If true, this is nuts. Mancini led them to the league title last year and perhaps the FA Cup this year and is subsequently fired? Expectations have indeed outstripped reality, if that is the case. City will suffer.

    • Smokey Bacon

      May 10, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      Anybody could have won what he did with that squad. He is so overrated its unreal. Has zero man management skills and lost control of his mercenaries on numerous occasions. Only the most blinkered City fan will say this has been a great season. It does not surprise me that he is out the door.

      • Guy

        May 10, 2013 at 10:15 pm

        I’m certainly no City or Mancini fan, but I’ll disagree with you on this one. I think he has done a pretty good job of managing a stable of egocentric all stars. Not the easiest task in the world, although I’m sure many managers would like the chance to be burdened with it.

        If Mancini goes it will be interesting to see how his successor handles things and if he can do any better.

        • Guy

          May 10, 2013 at 10:17 pm

          You are irritating. 😉

      • Guy

        May 11, 2013 at 5:08 pm

        After today I’ll bet you’re right. Bye bye Roberto.

  7. Smokey Bacon

    May 10, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Where is the outrage over the kick off time for the FA cup final? They have stripped every last ounce of tradition from what used to be a highlight of the footballing calendar. It started when the moved the semis to Wembley. Now the final is just another game that gets in the way of the league schedule. They should just call it the Budweiser cup and be done. Disgraceful. 3.00pm on cup final day used to be a special time. We are far removed from Cup Final Grandstand. Next they will find a way to drop Abide with me – the final nail in the coffin.

    I can’t be bothered with the final tomorrow. It’s ruined for me.

  8. Frank

    May 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    If City do fire Mancini then that will be shameful. Mancini has won an FA Cup and league title and may add to that tomorrow with another FA Cup. Pellegrini is a terrific coach but it’s going to take him time to get the club playing his style and it’s going to take time for him to get used to the EPL.

    If Mancini is being fired because of their European failure then that’s also crazy given that both Dortmund and Real Madrid who were in their group went on to the finals and semifinals. That was a tough group.

    • kagawa23

      May 11, 2013 at 9:56 am

      City should have qualified. I seem to remember all the city players saying they will win the champions league. Silva Kompany etc. Arsenal beat dortmund last year and they have a lesser team and city had one more year of exp. so yes they should have qualified. With the amount of money mancini has spent they should have won thebtitle lasbyear and this year. Hes gotten almost every player he has wanted at city and still bitches just because he didnt get RVP. He has thelargest financial backing in theleague and all of the bitters andcity players said that the tide has turned and the top dogs are on the blue side of manchester and they had overtaken United. Well it does not look that way now.

  9. Sheldon

    May 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Why would he takeover at the start of next season as opposed to at the end of this one?

  10. Todd

    May 10, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Not a good news week for City in the buildup to their only possible silverware this year. First Sir Alex retiring dominates the headlines and now the possibility of Mancini being replaced.

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